Slavic customs and traditions: the role of a lullaby
Recently, Slavic culture is experiencing a new flourishing. The heritage of this people, Slavic customs and traditions, partially lost during the vicissitudes of the last century, are gradually returning to our lives. To live in harmony with nature and ourselves, to get along with people and the world around us, to live honestly and hardworking, rejoicing every day – this is what our ancestors taught from mouth to mouth, through generation to generation.
Slavic family traditions
Of particular value to us now are family Slavic traditions. Spinning in the maelstrom of modern life, running between work, children and a thousand other important things, we are constantly in a state of heightened anxiety, passing this state on to children. As soon as they manage to be born, they already enter into an endless race with nature in order to be the very best: read “from the cradle”, solve problems at 5, earn a million at 16. The abundance of information and requirements literally overwhelms the children with their heads. It is not surprising that most modern babies have a syndrome of increased activity, problems with attention and behavior!
Meanwhile, our Slavic ancestors had special rituals for children to grow up smart, attentive and inquisitive, while remaining calm, kind and honest. Such a ritual was called cherishing, and included many daily activities that carefully and gradually developed the baby. The festivals included educational jokes and gymnastics “between things”, and the development of speech, and the simplest massage, and, of course, children’s lullabies.
Slavic traditions – a lullaby in the shaky
In general, the traditions of Slavic culture attach great importance to lullabies. Collectors of folklore have repeatedly noted that there is a huge number of songs for any occasion and age, including for adults. Such lullabies were sung when a baby was born in the house so that his mother could have a good rest after childbirth, while the baby snuffles in the cradle under the soothing voices of grandmothers, aunts or older sisters. Such lullabies were heard in the house of those where too noisy tomboys grew up, and those, themselves not noticing how, calmed down and fell asleep, every day gradually outgrowing their nimbleness. Old Slavic lullaby songs were sung there, whose house was filled with anxiety or teenage passions were seething, and from these simple motives, thoughts were balanced and the heart calmed down.
It would seem that such a lullaby? Just words strung one after another on a string of melody. The words are simple, at first glance, in meaning, but concealing in themselves the entire depth and wisdom of past centuries. Lullabies are akin to Christian prayer, they help the mind to clear itself of obsessive thoughts, and the soul of anxiety; they help find their place in the world and enter into balance with it. That is why lullabies act on everyone, without exception, whether children or adults.
It doesn’t matter whether you believe in Slavic traditions or not – being real, the strength of lullabies does not depend on faith in it. When you are sad, sad or tired, when the future seems incomprehensible and alarming, just turn on the CD with Lullabies for the whole family of Natalia Faustova, close your eyes and you will definitely feel the power of these songs, the power of their words and people’s memory.