The Dog as an «Unclean Animal» in the Traditional Folk Culture and Language. Cover Image

Собака как «нечистое» животное в традиционной народной культуре и языке
The Dog as an «Unclean Animal» in the Traditional Folk Culture and Language.

Author(s): Alla M. Arkhanhelska
Subject(s): Language studies, Semiotics / Semiology, Historical Linguistics
Published by: Slavistický ústav Jána Stanislava Slovenskej akadémie vied
Keywords: clean versus nclean; dog; traditional folk culture; folk tradition; Christian mythology; symbolism; verbal image of the dog;

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the mythological-symbolic representations of the dog as an unclean animal in the traditional Slavic folk culture, folklore and Christian tradition as well as their verbal depiction in three Slavic languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Czech. The analysis was based on the variable verbal formulas (charms, spells, curses, etc.), phraseological units and proverbs containing indicators of various demonic, supernatural, sacred properties of a dog and the mythological-ritual comprehension of this animal in the traditional folk culture, folk art and Christianity. The comparative aspect of the analysis is supplemented by the linguocultural and historical-etymological comment.

  • Issue Year: 55/2020
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 100-122
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Russian