Where did the tradition to sit down on the track?
It seems to me that calling it a "tradition" is not entirely appropriate. Here is a glass of vodka "on the road" is a tradition. Why, why no one knows, that's why it's a tradition. But "to sit on the track" is probably a mandatory stage of the training camp. You can't say that taking your passport with you is a tradition. Gathered, fussed, worried. When everything seems to be ready, you must definitely calm down, mentally remember if you forgot something. For this you need to sit down or just stand silently.
The word "tradition" explains what is associated with age-old habits and foundations of customs and orders, what is inherited from previous generations.
Therefore, apparently, this speech turnover came to us from very distant times. And I think it is connected with this.
In order to put his thoughts and mind in order, before some serious undertaking (and the road is quite responsible for this), a person usually focuses on this, and this becomes possible only if the body is at rest.
An analogy can be made related to this tradition.
Athletes who are engaged in oriental martial arts, before training, must begin with this, with in-depth meditation, focusing
niya (sitting or standing alone) for a while.
Thus, "to sit on the path" is also a meditation, only a short-term one and this tradition came, to be more precise, more than three thousand years ago.
and lives to this day. There is even a song of our days, in which the following words are sung:
I think that the expression "Let's sit down on the path will last for more than one century.
along with the song.
The phrase "sit down on the track" appeared a long time ago and is pronounced in almost every family before the trip. This sign has roots that lead to the tune of the house (brownie).
Domovoy among the Slavic peoples is a domestic spirit, a mythological master and patron of the house, ensuring a normal family life, health of people and animals, fertility. He differs from demons in that he does not do serious harm. If the brownie fell in love with the family, then he curls their hair and beards in braids, warns of misfortune, watches over the house and yard. Otherwise, he hits and bangs dishes, shouts, stomps, and whoever does not love, he bruises at night.
But no matter how brownie in nature he was, he could not stand the squandering of everything that belonged to the house. He considered everything belonging to the house: dishes, furniture, cats and even people. Therefore, the departure of someone on the road was unbearable for the brownie. It was believed that he could fix some kind of obstacles to those leaving, and if the house was inhabited not just by a brownie, but by a sinister, he could generally follow the man and do all sorts of dirty tricks on the way. From the principle, so as not to go anywhere from home. True, the home spirit of a gentle disposition could bless the traveler so that he would quickly do all the necessary things in a foreign land and return home.
Perhaps the custom to sit on the path is connected with this belief about brownies. Like, if you sit down for a minute or two, then at this time the brownie will bless the owner on the long journey and may suggest that they forgot to do or take with them.
In Ancient Russia, it was believed that there are evil and good spirits, that they rule our life and generally rule the world. When they were going to go somewhere, they wanted these evil spirits not to follow. They had to be deceived and now they sat down on suitcases, benches, boxes, etc. They relaxed and pretended that they were not going anywhere. The spirits think that no one is going anywhere and that they are not tied up.
On the other hand, it’s like training. They fussed, got together, worried about what not to forget, whether they took everything, whether everything was foreseen. Sitting down on the path and at this time of relaxation, you are convinced that everything is in order and you can safely continue your journey.