The sources of cult in Vitebsk-Smolensk borderline: symbolic status and ritual functions Cover Image

Культавыя крынiцы Вiцебска-Смаленскага памежжа: сiмвалiчны статус i рытуальныя функцыi
The sources of cult in Vitebsk-Smolensk borderline: symbolic status and ritual functions

Author(s): Uladzimir Lobač
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Sociology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: Belarusian-Russian borderland; traditional sulture; folklore; sacred geography; ritual; cultural landscape

Summary/Abstract: The article is devoted to the examination of cult sources in Vitebsk-Smolensk borderline. Field studies and the analysis of folklore-ethnographic material reveal that in the past and present cult sources perform the function of ritual centre where communication between God and Man takes place. Its aim is to eliminate misfortunes and illnesses. The frequency of legendary plot in the temple is a specific feature of local tradition. Regional specificity is also characterized by a number of sacred sources “pyatsinka” that refer to the picture of “Paraskyevy Pyatnytcy” to which people go on a pilgrimage on the 9th or the 11th Friday after Easter.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 295-311
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Belarussian