Why riddle games mostly talk about Animals 

This article is all about Why riddle games mostly talk about Animals, Heaven and Other things.

In riddles, images associated with celestial bodies were often used: the sun at sunrise and sunset, the moon and the stars. The collector of folklore Alexander Afanasyev wrote

“the bold questions asked by the inquisitive mind of man about the mighty forces of nature were expressed precisely in this form”.

Researchers suggest that the riddles about the luminaries and natural phenomena are the most ancient, they reveal the attributes of a hunting and shepherd’s life.


Why riddle games mostly talk about Animals 
Why riddle games mostly talk about Animals


In mysteries, the sky was an endless space, which was compared to a fur coat or a tent and was referred to as a background for the luminaries. The texts said that light is emitted not only by the sun and other stars, but also by the month. The luminaries were compared with silver and gold, with white buttons.

It was especially noted in riddles that the moon and the sun are never in the sky together:

“The golden master is in the field; the silver shepherd – from the field. “

They made snow, a blizzard that bound the river with ice. In folklore texts, snow is compared to a fur coat that covered the earth:

“The coat is white all over the world.” And also – with diamonds:


Pure and clear like a diamond
There are no roads;
I was born of a mother
I give birth to it myself.

There were riddles about fish, animals, birds, many riddles were preserved about annoying mosquitoes. The insect was represented as a terrible beast that lives in swamps and torments man and all living things.

In the month of May, the fourth thousand
It was not cancer, not fish,
Not a beast, not a bird, not a man:
The nose is long, the voice is thin,
Flies – shouts, sits down – is silent;
Kings are afraid of him, kings are afraid;

Whoever kills him will shed his blood. Of the riddles about domestic animals, most are associated with a cow, the main breadwinner of a peasant family.

Four fours,
Two spreads
One swivel,
Two viewers.
Clean, but not water,
Glue, but not resin,
Bela, but not snow,
Sweet, but not honey;
Take from the horned
And they give zhivulki.



House, stove and cracks in windows: riddles about dwelling and its decoration

Today, ancient riddles tell about the structure of the Russian hut, in which everything was thought out to the smallest detail. There were riddles about almost every household item and the smallest details of the home environment – a stove, a chimney, a creak of a door and even cracks in windows.

In winter it eats everything
And sleeps in the summer
The body is warm
And there is no blood;
You will sit on it,
And it won’t take you anywhere.

The little boy looks at everyone’s feet.

As a rule, they thought of the most ordinary objects: a pot, a cast iron pot, a tub, a samovar, a knife, a cup and a spoon. Usually they accurately described the shape of objects, the color, the material and the sounds they make. The riddle about the clay pot traces the manufacturing method and the whole history of its “life”.


Spawned me
Mountain stone
The fiery river baptized;
They took to the auction to sell;
A good lady bought me,
Hit me with a gold ring;
My poor bones scattered
They were not put in the coffin;
People don’t look at them,
And dogs don’t eat.

In collections of folk riddles, riddles about the samovar are often found, they were known in different parts of the country:

Never eats.
He only drinks;
And how it rustles –
It will lure everyone.

The peasants came up with riddles not only about the dwelling, but also about the yard and the garden. From them it was possible to understand what they ate on weekdays and holidays. Riddles about egg and flour, dough and cakes, salt and milk were common.

I’ll take dusty
I will make it liquid;
I throw it into the flame –
It will be like a stone.

They cut me
Knit me
They beat mercilessly
Wheel me;
I will go through fire and water
And my end –
Knife and teeth.

They beat me, they beat me
They beat, beat,
Torn in pieces
They rolled across the field
Locked under the key,
They sat on the table.

There were riddles about almost all the crops that the peasants grew. One riddle could be used about vegetables that are similar in structure, such as turnips and radishes. “Red, but not a girl, a bit tail, but not a mouse” – these are beets and carrots.

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