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Pomor Kozuli are animal figurines, made from rye dough and then baked. They can be dated as far back as the 12th century where annals detail the baking and consumption of ox and cow dough figures. Originating in Pomorje, on the southern part of the Kola peninsula on the White Sea, Kozuli remain famous, and the tradition of baking these bread toys continues to this day in the villages of Chapoma, Pyalitsa, Chavanga, Teterino, Strelna and Varzuga.
The word Kozuli probably originates from koza, which in Russian means 'a goat', or, probably, 'any horned animal'. Traditional forms include small deers, rams, oxen, cows, seals and grey-hens with chicks on the back.
In ancient times Kozuli had a magical and ritual meaning for the Pomors' (inhabitants of Pomorje), however, nowadays it is a folk toy closely connected with children's everyday life. Children were given Kozuli as toys, which they then enjoyed playing with, nibbling on, and eventually consuming altogether.