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Plowing is a traditional ritual among the Indo-European peoples. It dates back to the pre-Indo-European antiquity. It consists in plowing around the settlement. The ritual is carried out either at the base of a settlement or at home, or during epidemics or death of livestock.
In Russia, the ritual was carried out secretly, most often by unmarried girls and widows at night. Spying on them was forbidden, especially to men. Therefore, this picture was taken through a foliage of a tree. And, it looks like the photographer just was caught.
My money is on "staged for the photographer." No crime in doing it when it’s not "medically necessary."
The woman is dragging the plough! 100% staged.
Even for early photography, 7 years seems like a long exposure time.