Sokyrtaga «blind ram» and šorykjol «sheep’s leg»: On the etymology of the names of a Mari game and festival.

2014. №4, 104-113

Marija A. Ključeva
Mari State University, Yoshkar-Ola, 424000, Russia;


The names of the blindman’s buff game used by Finno-Ugric and Turkic peoples of the Volga-Kama region (Sokyr-taga «Blind ram») are compared, the cognate terms for Yuletide during which this game is played are studied; the etymology of the Mari winter holiday-name Shoryk-yol is also proposed.