Rites of Passage

Human societies have long celebrated rites of passage, which effectively divide life into stages. The most commonly practiced among these today include those surrounding birth, marriage, and death. The resources below also discuss the institution of marriage and cultural elements that surround birth, marriage, education, and death.

Kulebyaka: The Refined Pirog

Kulebyaka (Кулебяка) is one of Russian cooking’s refined delicacies. It’s also somewhat of a mystery to many, who know of it only from the works of great Russian authors such as Chekhov and Gogol. Chekhov, in “The Siren,” makes the dish sound sensual: «Кулебяка должна быть аппетитная, бесстыдная, во всей своей наготе, чтоб соблазн был.» […]

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