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Tatyana Boskhomdzhieva, Well Wishes to Newborn Calves

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Churyumova, Elvira 
Boskhomdzhiev, Mergen 


When a cow gave birth, it was customary for its owners to invite old people into their house and offer them boiled foremilk. The quests were supposed to say the following: ‘Let the owners (of the calf) live in plenty Let the cows grow and multiply’. Then the calf’s forehead was smeared with the foremilk. The well wishes uttered to the calf were as follows: ‘Be safe from wolves and dogs Let no one steal you’.



cattle, birth, calf, well wishes, ritual

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