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Spring Rite of Jurauski Karahod

Language: Belarusian subtitles Eng

The spring rite of Jurauski Karahod is performed by residents of Pahost village on St George’s Day, and includes various ceremonial activities. Traditionally, the ritual involves two cycles. The first takes place in the courtyard, where animals are led out of the barn after winter. The second involves various ceremonial acts, including baking and distributing the ceremonial bread (Karahod) and burying the ‘black’ (sacrificial) bread. Despite the community’s concerted efforts, the element is threatened by numerous factors, including an ageing population, a shortage of jobs, globalisation, and the general socio-economic situation in the region.

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Place/region: Belarus, Eastern Europe
Series: 2019 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Participant: Viacaslau Kalacej, Ala Staskevic, Rehina Hamzovic, Dzianis Kasciukevic
Publisher: Pahost; Belarus. Ministry of Culture
Producer: Bahdan Svabovic
Coproducer/sponsor: CH&M Foundation; Belorusian State University of Culture and Arts
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Rights: CH&M Foundation

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Original: Video.MPEG
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: SYNAV-2019-CLTITH-USL-0145800006
Source ref.: DOC:0145800006 ; CAND:01458
Rights holder: UNESCO ; CH&M Foundation