Lecture 8 - Slavic Religions-Dualism and Christianity

Nicholas of zaraisk exorcises a pagan shrine russian

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Unformatted text preview: . Nicholas of Zaraisk Exorcises a Pagan Shrine (Russian Icon, Early 16th Century) (Russian Syncretism Syncretism /ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/ is the combining of different (often contradictory) beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism may involve the merger and analogising of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syncretism Syncretism Syncretism Typical in Eastern Europe Older beliefs are not abolished They are absorbed The official Church tried to stamp out The beliefs but priests were often from villages and imbued with pre-Christian beliefs and The Church portrayed the old gods as The devils devils Russian Primary Chronicle “’When the Prince arrived at his capital, he directed that the idols should be overthrown, and that some should be cut to pieces and others burned with fire. He thus ordered that Perun should be cut to pieces and others burned with fire. [...] He appointed twelve men to beat the idol with sticks, not because he thought the wood was sensitive, but to affront the demon who had deceived man in this guise, that he might receive chastisement at the hands of men.’” Jan Perkowski, Vampire Lore, p. 337. In practice, missionaries realized they In could not uproot the old religion all at once could They tried to “sanctify” the old beliefs by They associating them with the cults of saints associating This gave the people an outlet for their This conflicting religious views conflicting It also explains some of the “unsaintly” It behavior of saints in East European folklore folklore Thunder god > Prophet Elijah The most powerful saint in Ukrainian and The Russian folklore Russian Quick to anger Dispenses justic...
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