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The paper is about symbolic meanings of spinning, the material (fibres -un-spun wool) for spinning and the results of this activity (thread, yarn). On the basis of comparison of the records of beliefs from different sources -ancient poetry and treatises, European folklore and ethnological data, and iconographic material -the author argues that in European traditional folk conceptions, spinning and the material and products associated with it refer to basic aspects of human existence, birth,doi:10.7592/fejf2011.48.mencej fatcat:6y2r47l6ffd5zf37sbdgmsmfcu