Linguistic Analysis of Flora Images in the Ritual Superstitions of the English, Russian, and Mari Languages

Ekaterina E. Fliginskikh1*, Galina N. Semenova2

1Senior Lecturer, Mari State University, RUSSIAN FEDERATION,

2Full Prof. Dr., I.N. Ulyanova Chuvash State University, RUSSIAN FEDERATION,

*Corresponding Author


The objective of the article is to study superstitions with the names of plants connected with rites of pregnancy, birth, wedding, and death of three different languages: English, Russian, and Mari. The research shows that superstitions containing names of flora are distributed as following: English - 43 units, Russian – 15 units, and Mari – 28 units. Superstitions devoted to rites of pregnancy are presented by 12 units, birth – 3 units, wedding – 37 units, and death – 34 units. In general, 60 superstitions have positive meaning, and 26 - negative meaning. The most popular plants are a rowan tree and a birch, both having an apotropaic meaning.

Keywords: superstitions, rites of passage, names of plants.



CITATION:Abstracts & Proceedings of SOCIOINT 2021- 8th International Conference on Education and Education of Social Sciences, 14-15 June 2021

ISBN: 978-605-06286-2-3