At Universities of Mining, plenty of rituals occurred, which accompanied the life of their students. The 'jumping over the leather apron' was one of them - a rite of passage after whose passing a novice was admitted to the miner's profession. In our territory, this tradition had been maintained during the existence of Academy of Mining in the town of Pribram, i.e. until 1939 when this university was dissolved. The 'jumping' was restored as late as in 1946, i.e. one year after the higher education of mining had been moved to the town of Ostrava. As a part of matriculation, it has fulfilled its function until now here. The mentioned contribution portrays one of the contemporary forms of the rite in the region of Karvina which is one of the regions where the mines are still in operation. The participants come from the ranks of their employees. The rite is held once a year in the course of miners' meetings called 'sachtaky - coal mine meetings'. With this name, also the entire event is called. The rite functions only as one of the kinds of entertainment, its primary function has yielded in favour of the entertainment and relaxation functions. The authoresses emphasise the need to study the miners' rites including the 'jumping' that is performed also in other places of the Czech Republic today
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