What it was the day of the Slav in the distant past
House - semi-dugouts, dinner - soup and porridge, from entertainment - to disperse clouds and confer blacksmiths divine characteristics. And the wife? Wives may be several. Compare your daily life distant ancestor.
to start would be good to understand who the Slavs. It is not simple. After all, today this word implies a huge number of people living in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. They all speak in Slavic languages that belong to the Indo-European language family. They will be called by the Slavs.
Question number two - the most difficult, when there were these people? Here, scientists are divided into two camps: the optimists and skeptics. The former believe that the "birthday" of the Slavs can be assigned a time when there is evidence of material culture: Ceramics, jewelry, tools, remains of dwellings, etc. The latter believe that this is not enough... Similar items can occur in quite a different ethnic groups, and in the same area. Skeptics believe that really the Slavs can only speak when the archaeological data are added to the chronicler of the neighboring regions - and of the peoples themselves, and their vocabulary. All three components are beginning to "match" only in the V-VI centuries.
All this, of course, does not mean that before the V century the Slavs did not have any - they do not appear out of nowhere. But the evidence about them are vague, as the shore of the island of Newfoundland. Therefore, we have to disappoint all those wishing to spend their ancestry back to Adam and Eve. So…
Do you wake up in the cool dusk. This is understandable, because the lives your family is half below ground - in a small house, almost completely recessed into the soil (from the ground look out only three or four rows of thick logs). Interior yours, frankly, not rich: in a corner of stone or carved right into the earth oven, turf roof and a dirt floor. And no-pyatistenki hut, traditionally considered Russian (such dwellings begin to appear only in the X century). Even the door you do not have - it replaces the large square hole covered with a pair of log halves connected together. And yes, no pipe - fumes from the furnace goes straight into the house. Do you live in a cold climate, so in the winter to become warmer, you are now and then pour water on the stove - damp, but warm.
So, imagine that you are a man. You wake up and see that your wife is watering the floor with water. So, today is the day cleaning - after it starts its sweep. Paul from this did not soften the contrary, will eventually become as corundum. On a wooden table waiting for you breakfast: milk, soup (which you call "Juha") or porridge made of wheat, barley, rye, oats and peas. You wrest water from the well.
About the potter's wheel you know about as much as a resident of the Amazon jungle - about vactrain Elon Musk. Your dishes are made by hand, without any frills. Patterns of the most concise oblique notches along the edge of the pot. Almost all of your dining ware, apart from flat plates - High pitchers slightly narrowed throat, like a tulip flower. They are your wife and prepare food.
A in such a vessel you a year ago, they buried the ashes of his brother's pre-burned at the stake. To do this in a special place, you dug a small pit; later archaeologists would call your "graveyard" Urnfield culture.
But the morning - not a time for sad thoughts. It's time for work in the field or in the woods. But your wife will stay home - to weave and sew clothes. Children follow the beast (she lives in the barn). You and your neighbors have cows, horses, pigs, some - goats. Sheep have too, but they are necessary mainly for wool, mutton food you use infrequently (perhaps in desperation), but the horses seem to eat. And some of your neighbors have chickens and ducks.
You are a farmer. In addition to wheat, barley, rye, oats, you grow flax and hemp (for fabrics). The main tool - a plow, the land you call mother. One that has never been in treatment - the "goal", "target (s) on", "wasteland", were seeded - "Niva", "polje".
From "fields" you napryazhenka, because the area where you live, mostly forest. However, you do not become discouraged, because their fields you create yourself. Every few years, in the winter, you go to the neighbors to strike the forest trees. In the spring, when they dry out, they just left to burn, and soon a new field ready. And the crop after such a procedure - the envy! Though not for long. In five years will have to go back in the winter forest. When your descendants get tired of it, they will start to use the plow and wheeled vehicles pulled by oxen or horses.
But while you are armed with a hoe and diggers, go to their arable land. By the way, most of your work tools, wooden. Iron, too, but they are in short supply. Why, because you think the few blacksmiths almost demigods are certainly rub shoulders with the evil spirit. Another would be: to create an inconspicuous piece of ore knife, awl, scissors or any temporal rings (jewelry worn by your daughter and wife) and bracelets - it will not disperse the clouds.
Speaking of clouds. It seems the rain is starting. Therefore, you shout in the sky is something like: "Stop, bull! Do not let their white govyad. Our black, your overpower. Beat your govyad ". All because some Slavs (mainly Serbs) believed clouds herds of bulls, clouds - cows himself rain - heavenly milk. However, the storm did not promise anything good. Our ancestors, in fact the most notorious revered god of thunder and lightning Perun (perhaps even Svyatovit - god associated with war and victory) and felt the wrath of the thunder storm, and the clouds flown - attack celestial flocks on the ground. The latter is believed Slavs can protect ordinary earthly flock, so to them and cried. However, sometimes the Slavs "allowed" heavenly milk spilled, because they knew that he "feeds" the land. It seems you've done in the field? It is time in the forest for honey. After all, no you do not have the apiary. Your activity is called apiculture: the word "board" - a hollow tree. It is the oldest form of bee when people hollowed out wooden decks cavity arranged inside the partition, and then hung them on the tree (or just use natural cavities). Deck hung at a height of 4 to 15 m you incinerate piece of logs and fumigate the bees with smoke -. To calm and then a long stick through the narrow holes get your hands honey.
In general, the forest gives you all: berries, mushrooms, nuts, acorns, various roots, fruits, gum, birch and maple sap, bark, bark, grass (you use them for medical purposes), and wood. With it, you have a special relationship. Even the concept of "health" and "friendship" you probably associate with the tree (linguists believe that once these words have the same root). Special honor are oak and birch. On New Year's Eve (as a rule, you mark it in September, the day of the autumnal equinox) you burn birch or oak log to on the field was a rich harvest, and in the house - peace and prosperity.
By the way, about the holidays. You just eat, but sometimes, of course, allow yourself to meat and fish. However, the latter rarely (fishing the ancient Slavs was not too developed) - you catch it with harpoons, baskets and seine. But meat, in addition to their own cattle, provides hunting. In this you will help all kinds of maces, spears, projectiles and even bows. But the main help serve numerous traps, snares, nets, traps, glue (plant origin, and they need to catch birds) and of course your good old friend - the dog. And cats, too, you know - they protect your crops from rodents.
You've had time and hurry to the site. Next to you, and maybe even in your home live your closest relatives: brothers, parents. The latter you will be treated very respectfully, as well as your spouse. Last you are always true and will be true not only in this life, but even after death (his wife often committed suicide or went on fire after their deceased husbands, as evidenced not only written sources of neighboring peoples, but also archaeological evidence). So you hardly need to worry that some familiar frequented the house in your absence. But you did not seem to look away to an unmarried neighbor on a plate of soup. At least, if you have had the opportunity - you might find yourself a few more wives. The benefit of the Slavic "laws" permit.