TRADITIONAL IMAGES AND VIEWS LINKED TO SPINNING AND WEAVING
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The article deals with images and views relating to spinning and weaving in Slovakia stemming from the pre-Christian thought. The writer has brought these traditional conceptions together to analyse them from the point of their genesis and frequency of occurrence in this territory, all within the scope provided by primary sources. The examination starts with a sum of primary data preserved in written records or oral tradition linked to the rural environment and the cottage industry of cloth-making. When dealing with Christian modifications of earlier images and views, he also considers ideas associated with Christianity. To explain the origin and development of certain images, material discovered abroad is also employed. Though it is mostly of Slavic origin, sources from other-than-European cultures are also examined. The basic principle for sorting out the mentioned phenomena is technology. The text is divided into chapters on spinning (1), rolling-up the yarn into ball (2), bleaching the yarn (3), arrangements for weaving (4), and weaving (5).
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