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First haircut



Elbafowi z okazji urodzin.

The ritual of first haircut (Polish: postrzyżyny) is an old pre-Christian slavic tradition. The traditional first haircut by the boy's father did not take place until the age of between 7 and 10 years old. Before that age the boy's life was connected to his mother and he was treated as a child. The rite of haircut, coupled with granting the boy an additional given name, marked the coming of age and a transition to the world of men, where he was to be directed by his father. The ritual was also the formal act of recognition of the boy as a son.

Ok, now who is who? From left to right: "Daddy", boy today known as Feliks, Ruthenia with little Ukraine, Czech, little Lusatia, Sclavinia with Slovakia.

Feliks, Ukraine ©Hidekaz Himaruya
Kyivan Rus ©AtreJane
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