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Ukrainian – Reuse Of Food Storage Containers

Informant’s Background: My informant, AK, is a undergraduate student at the University of Southern California. He is a first-generation immigrant, and the child of Ukrainian and Russian parents. Context: I am a close friend of AK. I asked him if he had any folklore he could share and this was what he gave me. Performance:… Continue Reading »

Russian Urban Legend

Name: Баба Яга Transliteration: Baba Yaga Description: Informant describes it as an Urban Legend that became a fairytale, but presented more like a legend. It is a witch who lives in a traditional log cabin. The cabin sits on either two or one giant bird feet. She is a cannibalistic witch. Her house is decorated… Continue Reading »

Russian Proverb about Work Ethic

Если вы спешите, вы будете смеяться всех Transliteration: Yesli vy speshite, vy budete smeyat’sya vsekh Translation: If you rush, you will make everybody laugh You shouldn’t rush when working on something because you will end up being laughed at. Background Information: Russian proverb used in colloquial conversations. Context: The informant told me this proverb during… Continue Reading »

Russian Holiday

Масленица Transliteration: Maslenitsa Translation: Butter Week Description: This is a spring equinox pancake holiday. During the festival everyone eats pancakes, burns dolls made of hay (effigies). The burning of the dolls is mostly done in villages. They also jump over a pit of fire. Maslenitsa is a Pagan holiday. The holiday is a way of… Continue Reading »

Russian Proverb About Unreliable People

7 пятниц в неделю Transliteration: 7 pyatnits v nedelyu Translation: 7 Fridays in a week Proverb used to describe a person who has a lot of plans, but they never get the work done. Background Information: Russian proverb used in many parts of Russia. The informant told me that back then, Friday was the market… Continue Reading »