Folklore not only teaches us, guides deep into the consciousness of our ancestors, keeps the memory of peoples & languages. It helps us to study & to comprehend how the mentality is formed, how the Time reflects in this or that historical period. Folk tales contain many other treasures like customs, traditions &, of course, taboos.
Our hi-tech civilization has already perverted our minds. We live in the world upside-down, where many taboos kept through the centuries have been broken, while the rests of them are prejudiced. That’s why when we read a tale, we can hardly comprehend the complete power of taboos described in them. In case of the Russian mythology, we might notice a hero must break a taboo or a restriction to pass his trial. However, the Slavic spirit too often means a violent way to do that. It is a big puzzle for me if this attitude is imposed by editing of our tales or it is yet in the very Russian essence, which is in fact dark due to its cruel climate, forests & too wide space. I would suggest that “to break a taboo” is to pass the limit in our folklore: the limit of moralité, consciousness, honour.
Our heroes don’t know to fight dragons. They don’t serve their Lord & a Fair Lady. The Russian heroes seem to be wild bears who don’t know la culture courtoise. The impulse of Chaos leads them & due to its nature, it demands blood & flesh sacrifice. From this point of view the Russian tales have kept the core of the World Beginning. They make us ponder upon the darkness we come from. They make us learn to subdue our instincts & to respect taboos or to transform them without dangerous consequences.