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Имя святого в православной традиции
The names of saints in the Orthodox tradition

Author(s): Alla Kamalova
Subject(s): Theology and Religion, Religion and science , Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Wydawnictwo ULT w Świeciu
Keywords: names of Saints; structure of agioanthroponyms;two-component and multicomponent agioanthroponyms; Igor; Pimen; Varlaam; Vasily;

Summary/Abstract: The article is devoted to original language material – to names of Saints. Names of Saints perform sacral function, therefore, they have to be individualized. The author studied the list of names of Saints of Russian Orthodox Church and revealed repetitions of personal names. For example, the personal name Vasily repeats 131 times. The name of the Saint (agioanthroponym) has to per¬form function of the identifier of the specific person canonized, to distinguish it from others, bearing the same personal name. Agio¬anthroponyms are not presented only by personal names, individ¬ualization of the Saint is carried out by means of multicomponent structure of agioanthroponyms, two-component agioanthropo¬nyms seldom meet. The structure of the components of a particular agioanthroponyms depends on the situation in the system of Saints' names and testifies to the spiritual feat of Saint. Only the oldest agioanthroponyms (rank of holiness + name) can have two components, gradually the naming system became more com¬plex because of the differentiators, for example: rank of holiness + name + differentiator (nominees, descriptors, localizers, agno¬mens, cognomen, names, ethnonyms can function as a differenti¬ator). The author describes the agioanthroponyms with personal names Igor, Pimen, Varlaam, Vasily. The conclusion contains the idea about the structure and content of agioanthroponyms perform not only a differentiating function, agianthroponym is the conceptual core of the life of Saint.

  • Issue Year: 2/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 63-76
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Russian