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Popular Faith in Pre-Petrine Russia: Double Belief and the Making of an Academic Myth. Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe. Stella Rock

Popular Faith in Pre-Petrine Russia: Double Belief and the Making of an Academic Myth. Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe.

Stella Rock

Published January 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781281457110
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This book dispels the widely-held view that paganism survived in Russia alongside Orthodox Christianity, demonstrating that double belief, dvoeverie, is in fact an academic myth. Scholars, citing the medieval origins of the term, have oftenMoreThis book dispels the widely-held view that paganism survived in Russia alongside Orthodox Christianity, demonstrating that double belief, dvoeverie, is in fact an academic myth. Scholars, citing the medieval origins of the term, have often portrayed Russian Christianity as uniquely muddied by paganism, with double-believing Christians consciously or unconsciously preserving pagan traditions even into the twentieth century. This volume shows how the concept of dvoeverie arose with nineteenth-century scholars obsessed with the Russian folk and was perpetuated as a propaganda tool in the Soviet period, colouring our perception of both popular faith in Russian and medieval Russian culture for over a century. It surveys the wide variety of uses of the term from the eleventh to the seventeenth century, and contrasts them to its use in modern historiography, concluding that our modern interpretation of dvoeverie would not have been recognized by medieval clerics, and that double-belief is a modern academic construct. Furthermore, it offers a brief foray into medieval Orthodoxy via the mind of the believer, through the language and literature of the period.