Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

i59B3. The Milky Way is the road for those carrying salt. .17. (.27.) .28.29. (.34.).

The Milky Way is the road of salt traders, the "Chumatsky Way".

{Iraqi Arabs?} , (Bulgarians, Gagauz people), Belarusians, Ukrainians, Russians (Tambov), Kalmyks, and Adygs.

Western Asia. Arabs (Western Asia?) [Arabs call the Milky Way "Salt Road", in Syria, "Chaf Road"]: Yermolov 1905b: 407.

(Wed. The Balkans. Bulgarians ["Kiraji pet", "the road of caravans and carters"]: Mladenova 2006:178; Gagauz people [Araba yolu, i.e. the same as Bulgarians]: Mladenova 2006:178).

Central Europe. Belarusians, Ukrainians ["Chumatskaya Road": Southern Belarus and then Ukraine]: Avilin 2015:61, Map 18; Ukrainians: Kovalev 2002 (Eastern Ukraine) ["Chumatsky Shlyakh"]: 50; Kostyantin Rakhno, personal message 2007 (Poltava) ["my grandmother (originally from the village of Sviridovka, Lokhvitsky District, Poltava Region) knows Chumatsky Shlyakh (Milky Way), Viz (Ursa Major), Divka carries water - three words in a row" {obviously the Orion Belt}]; Russians (Tambov) [Salt Road]: Dubrovina 2012:85; (cf. Nekrasov Cossacks [Arbyanaya Doroga]: Serdyukova 2005:26).

Caucasus - Asia Minor. Kalmyks [Tengrin Haal - "heavenly road"; the village ran out of salt; the Shulmys demons guarded all roads; one of the batyrs drove across the sky, attached a bag of salt to his saddle, galloped; Shulmus's arrow made a hole in the bag, the trail of scattered salt remained]: Ochirova 1991:192; Adygi [Milky Way - Shygushene yagyou - "the way of those carrying salt"]: Kokov 1980a: 263; =1980b: 171.

(Wed. Southern Siberia - Mongolia. Tobolsk Tatars [rainbow - caravan yul (caravan path)]: Giganov 1801:23 in Potanin 1883:742).