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BUBURNIZA

IN BULGARIA, JUST PRIOR TO LENT, THE YOUNG BOYS OF THE
VILLAGE SPEND TIME CONSTRUCTING SPECIAL WOODEN TOYS.
THE TOY IS CARVED OUT OF A PARTICULAR KIND OF TREE
BRANCH INTO A TINY PYRAMID. A SLIT AND A SMALL HOLE ARE
CARVED INTO ITS SIDE. A SLIVER OF RESILIENT WOOD
CONNECTS THE TWO. A STICK IS INSERTED INTO THE HOLE
TO BE USED AS A HANDLE WHILE A SET OF SMALL WOODEN
WINGS ARE INSERTED IN THE SLIT. AT A PREARRANGED
TIME THE YOUNG MEN GATHER AT NIGHT AROUND A HUGE
BONFIRE. EACH BOY IN TURN HITS HIS BUBURNIZA
FROM THE UNDERSIDE WITH ANOTHER STICK; THIS RELEASES
THE WINGED PROJECTILE. EACH BOY THEN CALLS A PARTICULAR
NAME AS THE PROJECTILE EJECTS. THE HIGHER THE WINGS
GO IT IS SAID THE LONGER THAT PARTICULAR PERSON WILL
LIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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