Slovak Bridal Dance
- Slovak Worlders,
I would like to get the words to the Slovak Bridal Dance. There were many verses sung as the bride's veil was taken off, as she sat on a chair, and a babuska was tied on her head. A ring of people was formed around her and she danced with anyone who put some money into an apron that her maid-of-honor was wearing and was let inside the ring. The men, and any women who wanted, got a shot of whiskey. This went on until her husband came and would try to break through the ring to get her. After a suitable time he was let through and whisked her away.
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- Yes, here it's definitely a "minted/struck thaler" given by the senior druz~ba.
I thought of obity as referring to how the coin was made - to
strike it, mint it, beat it. Another version of the song to a
different tune in the book has "bity" with the o- prefix, if that
Nas~a bralta nas~a, vera n~e je nas~a,
Eh, chto chce braltu maci, musi tal'ar daci.
Tal'ara biteho, druz~bi najstars~eho,
Ej, nas~a bralta nas~a, vera n~e je nas~a.
Our bride, our (bride), she's really not ours,
Hey, whoever wants the bride, has to give a thaler.
A minted/struck thaler, of the senior druz~ba (?),
Hey, our bride, she's really not ours.
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