About Cossack uniforms or 'colors of the rainbow'
|June 21st, 2011||#1|
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Cossack uniforms or 'colors of the rainbow' info
My people, Terekians, wore Blue and White. Kubanians (those guys on the Ukrainian border) - Red And Black. Don Cossacks dressed in Blue and Red. Ural/Yaik host had Green and Yellow. Siberia was Green + Blue.
Today, as Russian Cossack society is still rebuilding itself from decades of Soviet rule and repression, the issue of uniforms is becoming a hot debate once again. Because we still don't have a common leadership, we also don't have strict standards on uniforms either. People, basically, wear what they like.
For example, these are Cossacks of the 'Orenburg Host' (which unites Cossack communities in Orenburg, Kurgan, and Chelyabinsk oblasts and is a part of the greater Ural/Yaik Cossack Host/Army):
But, so are these
Then there is this Don Cossack family near Voronezh
and this one in Novocherkassk
Older, more distinguished Cossacks dress in more traditional ways. They remember the Color Code, and other rules.
These are the men we learn from. God bless the elders, hope they'll be with us a long, long time.
Anyway, one has to look at culture also. Kubanian and Terekian Cossacks, of course, are more Caucasianized. We, in centures we've lived in North Caucasus, have mixed with Circassians of all sorts, Ossetians, Chechens, all different kinds of Dagestanis. That is why there one would see Cossacks in traditional Caucasian dress, like cherkeska (long, coat-like jacket of sorts, something we borrowed from, as name suggests, Cherkesy, Circassians), papakha hats, and burka (sleeveless outer 'coat' made from wolf or sheep skin. Invented by Chechens)
In this picture, the girl wears a burka, usually, men do (most women dislike them, they look 'ugly'. But, it keeps one warm at night, in the steppe )
Last edited by tomtom22; June 25th, 2011 at 03:11..
|June 21st, 2011||#2|
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On the Don, on the other hand, they are more Russian/Slav/European. Hence, you see more dress shirts, or military parade-style jackets
Many, like these young cadets
wear Tsarist-era uniforms.
Some Cossacks use camouflage, for a more modern look, I guess
Some I simply do not recognize altogether, some **** they must have thrown together themselves, with no historic or cultural basis
Looks okay though. And it is not like anyone wants to come up to this man and tell him face to face his uniform is wrong lol
This fellow in Siberia is trying to be Chapayev, I guess
A Red, and not even a real Cossack, but, a good man though, great fighter. I guess I can get respecting him.
To me, most interesting thing is when different Cossacks and their colors mix together. Like, on the New Year episode of this match-making TV show we here, 'Davai Pozhenimsya' ('Lets get Married'), where they have one groom and three brides or one bride and three grooms competing for him/her. On this episode, first time ever, was a Cossack bride, 18 year old Ulyana, from Sochi (Kuban). All grooms were Cossack also, our women do not marry outside their ethnic group ever. Eventually, she chose 20 year old Pavel, a Terekian Cossack from Stavropolsky krai (over loud objections of her father, who wanted her to go with Ilya, who was a Kubanian, like them. But, Terek wins again hahaha We are bigger men then all others, in all ways )
Note the Red + White of Kuban and the Black & Blue of Terek.
I guess what I wonder is, what colors will their children have to wear??? The whole damn rainbow... .
Last edited by tomtom22; June 25th, 2011 at 03:15..
|June 21st, 2011||#3|
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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. - Voltaire 1694-1778
|June 22nd, 2011||#5|
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Though, many Cossacks prefer pipes to cigarettes
I heard it's healthier. Don't know, I don't smoke at all
|June 22nd, 2011||#7|
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|June 22nd, 2011||#8|
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Like on Marlboro
'Smoking is bad for your health'
But Cossacks don't smoke American cigarettes lol In fact, Cossacks do not smoke foreign cigarettes, period. Only domestic, patriots that we are.
Donskoi Tabak is most popular brand, made on the Don river, on Cossack land, for Cossacks
Only recently they started putting health warnings on those.
Other well used brands are
They are all poorer quality than Western stuff, and as you can see, most have no warning labels of any sort...
|June 22nd, 2011||#9|
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Dont knock plain ciggy packs man when i'm soaked in a harbour a brew and a smoke is the best. It kind of takes away from it when you have to look at some corroded up body part as you puff away with your thoughts. You can't escape anti smoking propaganda here, even alcohol is getting taxed ridiculously. Our government is very politically correct and controlling.
|June 23rd, 2011||#10|
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