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CUSTOMS, RITUALS AND BELIEFS RELATING TO BIRTH AND UPBRINGING. A STUDY BASED ON BIAŁOBRZEGI, A VILLAGE IN THE LUBLIN PROVINCE

The aim of the article is to determine the state of knowledge and understanding customs, rituals and beliefs relating to birth and upbringing and to answer the question whether they are still observed and popularized in the village of Bialobrzegi in the province of Lublin. After giving first some consideration to the terminology of the subject, there were presented the customs, rituals and beliefs relating to birth and upbringing. There were presented in the following order: the birth of a child, preparation to its baptism, customs connected with accepting a child as a family member or a member of a religious community. In the conducted research (June - September 2013) the mainly applied method was the deepened study of an area by Bronisław Malinowski, the biographical method, as well as elements of the comparative method. The basis of the study of an area were interviews carried out among all the inhabitants of the village Bialobrzegi, choosing people over 65 years old, and observations made during the study.



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