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1 June 2014 Les garçons et la buse dans l'espace rural traditionnel lorrain
Colette Méchin
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Abstract

Boys and the buzzard in traditional rural areas in Lorraine.

In connection with a Lorraine tale that explains ‘why children do not walk when they are born’, the author re-examines the context of rural society before industrialization and proposes to link the activities of young boys who go around with noise instruments in the Easter period, beliefs about animals, the concerns of women about care of the farmyard and babies learning to walk. The author's analysis of these various activities follows the approach of C. Lévi-Strauss. The chains of symbolic understanding thus exposed reveal the coherence and, to a certain extent, the strangeness of our older European societies, which are so close to us temporally and so far away in their attitudes.

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Colette Méchin "Les garçons et la buse dans l'espace rural traditionnel lorrain," Anthropozoologica 49(1), 135-144, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.5252/az2014n1a10
Published: 1 June 2014
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adolescent
Buse
Buteo buteo L.
Buzzard
childhood
Easter
enfance
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