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RUSS 2231 Fairytales of Russia Midterm Review The following questions will appear on the midterm either in short-answer or multiple-choice form. Be prepared to answer each question in full: all questions are addressed in your lecture notes and/or in the assigned lecture or recitation readings. Important Notes : Midterm is Monday, March 3 , and is worth 20% of your final grade . You MUST take the midterm in the section for which you are enrolled. Sorcerers, Witches, and Magic Healers 1. If, according to Ivanits, the peasants did not attribute the power of a sorcerer or a witch to the devil, then what was believed to be the source of their power? Explain your answer. The earth and the dead; the dead assisted in inflicting harm or giving one person control over the other; the earth from a dead man’s grave was taken by the sorcerer or which as an embodiment of the power and assistance of the dead 2. According to Ivanits, what was the most significant identifying mark for the witch in popular belief? A tail 3. By what physical characteristics, activities, possessions, or other signs could one identify a sorcerer or witch? List and describe at least 5 such signs. Roots, various grasses, tobacco, bones, snake or frog skins, written charms(even carrying a notebook of paper), hair down, naked, live outside town, old, physical abnormality, forest dweller, solidarity, brushy eyebrows, black book, one sorcerer blackened in front of other, two shadows 4. Referring to Ivanits, (a) define the term volkhv , (b) describe the role that the volkhv played in ancient Russia, and (c) explain why and at what times people would turn to him. Volkhv-archaic term for wizard; pre-christian origin, use supernatural forces to ensure good harvest and predict future; turn to him as a healer, magical, could be appealed to in time of famine, drought or illness, leader w/i village, fortell future 5. List and describe three distinct ways in which a magic healer (znakhar) was different from a sorcerer (koldun). 1)power of unclean forces vs. power of God 2) Magic Healer more apt to befriend man and able to do so w/o penalty from God 3) LOVE SPELLS considered sinful were for sorcerers and witches 4) curing associated w/ healers 5) traditional(healers) vs. innovative(sorcerers) 6. Referring to Ivanits, name three professions or occupations that were often associated with occult powers. Also, you must explain why this was so. Occupations associated w/ sorcery- millers(needed water already had to deal w/ demons and vodianoi), carpenters/craftsmen(source of potential damge in home building) herdsman(physical or mental deficiencies unable for other work associated w/ occult; also close to forest and leshii) 7. Name two distinctly different ways by which an individual could become a willing sorcerer. -
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course RUSS 2231 taught by Professor Ragland,ka during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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