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Jan.%2025-27 - Magical Places Vulnerability or...

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Devils in Popular Belief
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Terminology “Unclean Force” Less specific in function and habitat than nature and household spirits; also differed in terms of relationship to peasant Names for the devil
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Beliefs About Devils Forms: power of metamorphosis What forms did devils NOT take? Habitats: non- “area-specific” Where was one safe from devils? Social Order: the daily life of devils How did devils live? Activities: “The Devil made me do it!” Do WHAT?
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Other Beliefs Association with tobacco and alcohol Victims: illness, demonic possession, insanity; “klikushestvo” The “Unclean” Dead Preventative measures: signs, symbols, furrows
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Magical Times, Magical Places The Supernatural World
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Magical Times Vulnerability to magic or hostile forces at certain times of the year and in the cycle of life Times of major life transition Also: when moving house, at the equinoxes, at dawn, and at midnight
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Unformatted text preview: Magical Places Vulnerability or accessibility to magical/ hostile forces in certain locations Most common: the banya , a crossroads Also: cemeteries, thresh-holds, boundaries, holes in the ground, etc. Household Rituals Household Rituals All are transitional ceremonies which involve ritual bathing and special clothing and other sacred rites Birth Marriage Death The Spirit World Domestic and Nature Spirits Domestic Spirits Domovoi Dvorovoi Ovinnik Bannik Nature Spirits Leshii Vodianoi Rusalka Beregina Devils Vs. Spirits Spirits and Devils Both referred to as unclean forces Both could inhabit swamps, woods, lakes, etc. Most affected by objects representing power of the church Both represented some kind of threat Elemental Forces Water Fire Earth Air...
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