Bov

bov, m., bova, pl. (Armenian) – oven for the baking of bread; te makhel bova – to rub the inner walls of an oven with clay.

Rubbing the oven walls in peasant households was the work of Roma women. According to the information of eyewitnesses, Roma women did this work because, among other reasons, they were small and slim and could creep into the ovens with no problem. They rubbed the insides of the ovens with a clay substance, which is also used in the production of adobe bricks.

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