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28 februari 2020

Russian Magic – Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape

By Cherry Gilchrist.

188 Pages | First Quest Edition 2009 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608749.

‘The first time any Westerner has understood the Russian Soul . . . ‘

The Firebird, Snowmaiden, Father Frost, Baba Yaga . . . the names of such beloved Russian fairy-tale characters evoke a magical world. Yet Russia’s rich folk culture is usually seen only as a backdrop to political and historical studies. For the first time, Cherry Gilchrist shows how Russian fairy tales, native wisdom and folk art are interrelated. The Russian people – archaeologists, scientists, doctors and country folk alike – feel a close bond with their vast and scenic landscape and share a keen interest in psychic phenomena and faith healing. Gilchrist mines their awareness and brings an animated universe to life with:

  • Animal tales, myths and legends
  • Eyewitness accounts of magical creatures
  • Rituals, charms, beliefs and prophesies
  • Herbalism and healing
  • The magical worldview”s influence on art and architecture.

With gorgeous illustrations, here is probably the best guide to Russian lore available in English today. Entering its fascinating realm can lead us into the Soul of our own landscape and inspire us to magical creativity in our own lives.

From Chapter 5 – ‘The Secrets of Life and Death’ (p. 103 & p. 104):

Wolf wizards, psychics and healers

” Wizards were once part of a mighty class of sorcerers in Russia, whose powers were both coveted and feared. Although these were probably predominantly men, women were known to take part as well, and eventually, as their status declined, the men became the local wizards practising in village communities, offering rituals to mark rites of passage and to avert ill fortune, and their female counterparts became known as wise women, ‘znaharki’, who could provide magical charms and old remedies to heal. But up until at least the early eighteenth century, sorcerers were found practising in all ranks of society and there were high profile cases where those, who had offended royalty or nobility were executed, even in one instance on the order of Peter the Great himself (Farrell 1993: p. 738). “

auteur: Gilchrist, C.
ISBN: 9780835608749

Prijs: € 16,95

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