Terrible New Year

31 December, 2022

Shulikuns, Chudas, Moroz — you just won't meet anyone in the New Year. About the New Year traditions of the peoples of Russia and the clash of worlds in the New Year.

Moderator — Anton Kuznetsov, Ph.D., research associate at the Center for Consciousness Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University


Folklorist Nadezhda Rychkova, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Theoretical Folklore Studies of the RANEPA
Folklorist Natalia Petrovna, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Center for Typology and Semiotics of Folklore of the Russian State University


00:00 - Introduction
02:46 - What is the New Year?
03:30 - NY without a holiday
04:13 - When NY can be even twice a year. Pastoralists, hunters, farmers
08:23 - The contact of the worlds
10:02 - How to get to the other world?
14:25 - Terrible New Year
17:03 - Rampant evil spirits. Shulikuns, miracles
20:57 - Santa Claus and Dead Moroz
26:29 - "Paganism" or "traditional beliefs"? 
29:14 - Confessional differences 
32:58 - Lack of a unified NY scheme
35:08 - Variability of traditions and cultural unity of the peoples of Russia
39:30 - Olivier and tangerines — is it a universal code?
41:05 - New Year of the future
44:48 - Competition!
46:30 - "Happy New Year!" from Mary

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