The Plots of Byelorussian Archaeo-folklore Cover Image

Сюжеты Белорусского археофольклора
The Plots of Byelorussian Archaeo-folklore

Author(s): Ludmila Duchic
Subject(s): Archaeology, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Ethnohistory, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija
Keywords: Plots; legends; archaeology; archaeological monuments; Byelorussian archaeo-folklore; mounds; stones;

Summary/Abstract: Certain lines of plots or legends on several categories of archaeological monuments can be traced in the Byelorussian archaeo-folklore. The main types of the plots are as follows: 1) towns and mounds have been erected by giants, young girls, and invaders (Tatars, Russians, and the French), and the ground has been carried in hats and boots; the treasure (gold, silver, weapons) has been hidden, and light glitters at night in the respective place; 3) famous historical personalities have had lunch on hillforts or on the stones (Karl XII, Catherine II, Napoleon); 4) there have been wedding celebrations where the guests disappear or are turned into stones. I here can be singled out the pagan layer, the plots referring to the period of Christianization, certain wars, and historical periods.

  • Issue Year: 3/2006
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 10-16
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Russian