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Imagination, Religion and Superstition

Author(s): Philippe Walter
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai
Keywords: Medieval folklore; Christianism; pagan beliefs; superstitions; popular religion; mythology

Summary/Abstract: The extensive study of the Christian mythology that animated medieval Europe shows that this mythology was primarily inspired by pagan beliefs and that very little of it comes from the Bible. The fact that Christianity grafted itself onto earlier pagan worship was part of the design of the Church Fathers. With regard to the subject of medieval festivals, tales and rituals, it is important to understand that nothing has been lost or created. Instead, everything has been transformed, especially if we consider the feasts, rituals and tales over a longer period of time. Consequently, what we call superstitions can be considered as traces of archetypes in successive cultures.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 17-26
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: French