By Stella Rock
This e-book dispels the widely-held view that paganism survived in Russia along Orthodox Christianity, demonstrating that 'double belief', dvoeverie, is in reality a tutorial fable.
Scholars, mentioning the medieval origins of the time period, have frequently portrayed Russian Christianity as uniquely muddied by way of paganism, with 'double-believing' Christians consciously or unconsciously conserving pagan traditions even into the 20 th century. This quantity exhibits how the idea that of dvoeverie arose with nineteenth-century students passionate about the Russian 'folk' and used to be perpetuated as a propaganda instrument within the Soviet interval, colouring our conception of either well known religion in Russian and medieval Russian tradition for over a century. It surveys the wide range of makes use of of the time period from the 11th to the 17th century, and contrasts them to its use in glossy historiography, concluding that our sleek interpretation of dvoeverie do not have been famous by means of medieval clerics, and that 'double-belief' is a latest educational build. moreover, it bargains a quick foray into medieval Orthodoxy through the brain of the believer, in the course of the language and literature of the interval.