Transformations of Old Believer Wedding Rites in Latvia: The Case of Latgale


  • Jelena Korolova Daugavpils University
  • Oksana Kovzele Daugavpils University
  • Ilze Kacane Daugavpils University
  • Maija Grizane Daugavpils University


Latgale Old Believers, rite of transition, marriage, wedding, transformations


The wedding is an integral part of family life. The ways in which it is organised can differ not only between representatives of different religious groups, but also between members of the same denomination. By applying cultural-historical, ethnographic and qualitative data processing method, the paper focuses on transformations in Old Believer wedding rites between the first half of the 20th century and the present. Analysis of interviews conducted in the south-eastern region of Latvia reveals that there have been several variations in Old Believer weddings (traditional, religious and civil) which interacted and overlapped, thus creating new hybrid forms. The transformations depended on urbanisation and economic processes, political conditions, and the development of the community in interaction with other ethnic and religious groups under conditions of globalisation.


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