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Amalgam: Poland as Christ of Nations

Author(s): Tomasz Niezgoda
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: messiansm; millenarism; Mickiewicz; conceptual blending; eschatology; Christ; Poland

Summary/Abstract: This article applies the conceptual blending theory designed by Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner to an analysis of Adam Mickiewicz’s early messianic ideas, presented in Dziady (Forefathers’ Eve) and Księgi narodu i pielgrzymstwa polskiego”(The Book and the Pilgrimage of the the Polish Nation). The article concentrates on the influences from christian concepts of passion and the messianism presented in the bible which is understood as one of the input spaces. The author claims that messianism created by Mickiewicz is not poetic fiction, but rather a religious statement about the true nature of Polish nation. Furthermore the fate of Poland has an eschatological meaning for the history of the world because Poland is seen as an agent completing the eschatological work of Jesus Christ. Therefore creating a millenaristic kingdom within history is Poland’s final destination.

  • Issue Year: 47/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 17-31
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish