Reflections of Belief Systems in Karelian and Lithuanian Laments: Shared systems of Traditional Referentiality?

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Known the world over, laments are one of the oldest genres of oral ritual poetry. They are usually performed by women during
rituals: funerals, weddings or leaving to join the army. Laments are works of a special kind of improvisation; they were created
during the process of performance, drawing upon traditional language and motifs. The objective of this article is to open
a discussion of relationships between Karelian and Lithuanian lament traditions, as representative examples of Finnic and
Baltic traditions, respectively. I focus on representations of ‘belief systems’ as these are reflected through the poetic features,
images and motifs of both Karelian and Lithuanian funeral laments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeologia Baltica : Archaeology, Religion, and Folklore in the Baltic Sea Region
EditorsDaiva Vaitkevičienė, Vykintas Vaitkevičius
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationKlaipeda
PublisherKlaipėdos universitetas
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Bibliographical note

ISSN: 1392-5520
Proceeding volume:

Fields of Science

  • 616 Other humanities
  • Folklore Studies
  • Laments

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