The leather jump

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Below you can find a short description of an element listed in the Slovene Register of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The leather jump. Photo: A. Kavčnik, 2014

The leather jump is a custom through which novices enter the mining profession. It normally takes place at the end of schooling as part of the mining festive day. With a jump over a leather apron, the novice miner symbolically jumps over the mine shaft, acquires a godfather and is sworn into the profession.