Sacred lakes of Vitebsk-Pskov borderlands: symbolic status in mythical-poetic picture of the world Cover Image

Сакральныя азёры Вiцебска-Пскоўскага памежжа: сiмвалiчны статус у мiфапаэтычнай карцiне свету
Sacred lakes of Vitebsk-Pskov borderlands: symbolic status in mythical-poetic picture of the world

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

Summary/Abstract: The article is devoted to the study of the symbolic status of the sacred lakes in the traditional picture of the world of the rural population of the Belarusian-Russian (Pskov-Vitebsk) borderlands. The analysis of folklore materials shows that sacred lakes often relate to the folk motif “the temple which fell through the ground”. The lake sacralization may result from unusual (medical or hazardous) properties of its water. However, none of the holy lake of borderlands is an object of worship in sacred geography because the lakes are not included in the ritual practices of the calendar cycle. Legendary lakes perform informational function and reflect the events of mythological history within the local community.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 373-389
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Belarussian