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This article presents an analysis of the food consumed during the wedding ceremonies of Germans living in Siberia, and describes the main functions and characteristics of this food. It explains the symbolic meaning of many ritual meals in relation to each element of the wedding ceremony, from matchmaking to the final day of the celebration. Bread was the most important type of food in these rituals; it was present throughout the wedding ceremony as a symbol of wealth and prosperity as well as a sign of agreement and marital union. Elements of productive magic such as grains and legumes symbolized health, wealth, and procreation. Meat (pork and chicken) and the dishes prepared with it were seen as possessing powers of fertility.

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S. R. Kurmanova
L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University, Yanushkevicha 6, Astana, 010008, Kazakhstan


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For citations:

Kurmanova S.R. WEDDING FOOD OF GERMANS LIVING IN SIBERIA: SYMBOLS AND SIGNS. Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia. 2014;58(2):126-130. (In Russ.)

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