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Unformatted text preview: Peasants had to be on full guard in a time of change alertness was stressed. Protection from sorcerers spoiling was recruited not from making an offering to God or one of the saints as one might expect, but rather from hiring another sorcerer. Interesting within this, is the idea that to fight “evil” an “evil” agent must be hired. Depicted in one of the readings, a hired sorcerer saves a wedding from an unwanted sorcerer wanting to spoil it. Of course, like in the stories of vampires the hero, in this case the sorcerer, doesn’t work for free he requires some sort of offering. Stories of sorcery also serve as a warning against the mysterious. People that are not well known should not be trusted. This warning is most evident in the story were the priest’s daughter nearly marries a sorcerer, and despite her last-second realization she still is stricken with death. Russian peasants clearly didn’t just give out trust it was something that must be earned....
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- Spring '08
- Russian, Serfdom, Russian serfdom, Russian peasants, Taylor Petersen