From ancient pagan rituals, and there was such a fun, in which boys and girls must undergo "purification" of the fire – burner. Merrymaking opened at weddings and funerals, in and after the tribunal, while fraternization and at festivals. Privilege of the nobility were amusing hunting and racing. A fist fights ("wall to wall") as a heroic fun persisted in Russia over the millennium: the tenacity of the remnant shows a decree of Catherine I O pugilists, regulated the rules of the popular entertainment of the lower classes. It stated that "in the fist fights that are on the Admiralty side and island, many people took out knives, for other fighters chasing others, putting mittens kernel, stone dagger, beaten, many without mercy fatal beatings and a murder among a vile murder and sin is not imputed. It would seem to ban enough, but case before this did not happen. "Also, sand and catches the eye, so fist fights in St. Petersburg without the permission of the principal office not to be, but whoever wants to fight for our amusement, they must choose between a policeman, pyatidesyatskih, constables and write their names in the main police office; selected policeman, pyatidesyatskie and constables have to look to the men no weapons and other tools for the maimed and the fight was not in combat so that there was no fight, and who will fall – not lying down to beat.
" What explains persistence of fist of fun? It is believed that, in his classic folk form that existed in antiquity, it was a test of courage, strength and honesty, match in memory of the valor of the fallen in battle, and not by accident in the early xx century., for example in the village of Intercession (Yaroslavl region), staged fights in the winter on the river Syt, where according to legend, the Russian warriors fought with the hordes of Batu. Such games usually ended in the friendly feasts rivals. Over time, as custom has turned into a spectacular entertainment, when the soldiers asked to fight for money not only "until the first blood", and before losing consciousness, the point of exhaustion. In the book Y. Shanina is quite eloquent testimony to this moral decline – a quotation from the essay pa Lavrovsky "first step". "There came in the winter holidays, wall to wall. Started mostly boys or teenagers 14-17 years.
Then engage in the highest. In the wall of force is evenly distributed in advance by selecting opponents. Volga merchants were often at his own on some of the best fighters. Fought on the ice of the Volga, and in Kazan – the lake Boar. Especially famous for their power strokes, and fighter skill giant, whose name was . On this show would come to see the merchants and ordinary viewers everywhere. Blood were many kalekstv too. But how could commensurate because of their impact, when the eyes are red mist veiled excitement of fight? "Needless to say, that the" fog "often occurred in a state of drunk, as indicated severe condemnation of the Russian public, while the powers to direct the energy of the people away from the painful social problems.