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Aug 09 2007

Russia’s Cossacks and their tradition

Published by under BBC,Religion,Russia

The Cossacks play an increasingly important role in Russia. Their disciplined way of life, patriotism, large families and commitment to work, are seen by many politicians as a model that could help resolve many of Russia’s problems. For this, they receive support from the very top.

Local leader

Village leaders like “Ataman” Viktor Vasilyevich are greatly respected

Cossack family life is a rigid, hierarchical system in which the eldest man’s word is law.

One of his grandsons was boxing in the village gym – a converted bar. He said being a good Cossack was someone who “took responsibility” for his family and their well-being. Just 11 years old, he was already used to hard physical work on the farm.

Cossack family values are simple, rigid, and to a Western eye, seem to come from another era. The men build the home and provide an income; the women cook, clean and give birth to children. Traditional Russian values, culture, and Orthodoxy form the bedrock of their beliefs.

Before we sat down to a table laden with food, Ataman Viktor recited the Lord’s Prayer in Old Church Slavonic. There was no alcohol on the table, something unusual in Russia, town or country.

As I was told, a Cossack found drinking in this village would face a whipping. This was the village’s exemplary way of dealing with the rampant alcoholism that blights life in much of the Russian countryside.

Cossack values are deeply conservative, a mix of self-reliance, fervent patriotism and belief in discipline and authority.

Source:

Russia’s Cossacks rise again

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