Popular Religion in Russia Paperback

'Double Belief' and the Making of an Academic Myth

by Stella Rock;

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Popular Religion in Russia

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This book dispels the widely-held view that paganism survived in Russia alongside Orthodox Christianity, demonstrating that 'double belief', dvoeverie, is in fact an academic myth. Scholars, citing the medieval origins of the term, have often portrayed Russian Christianity as uniquely muddied by paganism, with 'double-believing' Christians consciously or unconsciously preserving pagan traditions even into the twentieth century. This volume shows how the concept of dvoeverie arose with nineteenth-century scholars obsessed with the Russian 'folk' and was perpetuated as a propaganda tool in the Soviet period, colouring our perception of both popular faith in Russian and medieval Russian culture for over a century. It surveys the wide variety of uses of the term from the eleventh to the seventeenth century, and contrasts them to its use in modern historiography, concluding that our modern interpretation of dvoeverie would not have been recognized by medieval clerics, and that 'double-belief' is a modern academic construct. Furthermore, it offers a brief foray into medieval Orthodoxy via the mind of the believer, through the language and literature of the period.

Popular Religion in Russia by Stella Rock was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in May 2009. The ISBN for Popular Religion in Russia is 9780415545358.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (May 2009)
Number of Pages252
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4304353
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