Essay about The Peasant Village Home

714 Words Sep 26th, 2016 3 Pages
Of the peasant village home, there had been a myriad of different artifacts and their paired beliefs that could be found specifically in the chulan. In the women’s portion of the izba, there were the two corners that fed into a set of beliefs. The front corner, also known as the red corner, represented the belief of spirituality and religion. Whereas the oven corner, the area in proximity to the door or oven, served as a juxtaposition to the former, being home to unholy beings. Such monsters as witches and devils seemed to show affinity for the area, plaguing the corner’s perceived rank and vile nature. Such beliefs seemed to associate to the artifact of the chimney and oven itself. As this was the most important part of the home itself, it served to facilitate one of the most important sets of beliefs in peasant life, combining the two in a way that only made sense. Said belief of the two corners depicting opposing levels of good and evil can stem from the physical locations that exist in the house. As magic arose from ways to explain phenomena, the front corner, possibly depicting the physically and literal lightness of the room, could have played a role in such things (54). As light is primarily associated with good, it makes perfect sense as to why the front corner, or the red corner, could have gained its notoriety with associating with god and prayer. Opposingly, the oven corner, as it was positioned by the door or oven, been privy to less lighting, dimming the…

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