«Traditional culture of Komi people in the rites of life cycle of the late XIX early XX century» «Олiсны-вылiсны гозъя… There lived a couple…»

Торговый дом Дербеневых..jpgModern ethnographic exposition (year 2002, exposed by Т.А. P’yankova, О.N. Smirnova, V.B. Lipin, painters А.V. Samoilov, N.P. Burdaev, S. Dmitriev and О. Pavlyuk) is a logical development of earlier museum projects on traditional culture of Komi people developed in the museum for the past twenty years.
In the basis of the exposition there is a fairy-tale topic. It is based on folklore materials and according to the topic rich spiritual and material culture of Komi people is exposed by the relations between a Man and a Woman who are its main creators. Hence there is another name for the exposition «Олiсны-вылiсны гозъя… There lived a couple…» Parts and sets of the exposition are made as a hunter’s path where the hunter, the main character of Komi fairy-tales, sets traps for animals and birds. At the same time this is a Komi man’s and woman’s course of life.
Exposition authors diverged from the traditional demonstration of Komi culture through its material side only. They demonstrate it through the rites of life cycle which identify the whole life from birth to death.
Stage sets such as «Love games», «Marriage», «Children birth», «Hunter’s land», «Living in plenty», «Christmas fortune-telling» reflect the most significant events on this way.
The following museum sets demonstrate us religious holidays, events which took place in the life of Komi peasants in the last century. They demonstrate Life, Death and eternal Love:

1. Komi people in the Finno-Ugric family.
2. The choice of the half in Komi traditions. Love ‘hunting’ of Komi youth.
3. Marriage of Komi people is commandment of spiritual wellbeing of the family.
4. Motherly love in Komi culture.
5. Children as new sprouts of peasant life.
6. Komi man on his hunting lands.
7. Christmas in the Komi culture in the late 19th early 20th centuries.
8. Spiritual traditions of Komi family. Living in plenty.
9. Ancestors’ world in the folk art of the Komi.
10. The Circle of religious holidays. Orthodox feasts in the traditional Komi culture.

The exposition was created with the assistance of the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) and the Society of M.A. Kastren (Finland).