This article demonstrates that the concept of folk religion can be productively used to examine the religiosity of Kolguev Nenets of northwest Russia at the turn of the 20th century. The article discusses the derogative notions that have been historically attached to the concept, and affirmatively defines folk religion as syncretistic fusion of local ethnic religion and Christianity. The dialectics of continuity and change, characterizing culture broadly, are seen as elements also integral to folk religion. The article is based on archival documents, mainly reports of the priests who have visited Kolguev Island, and uses other historical records related to Kolguev Island as well. Most of the material was gathered during ethnographic field trips carried out during the period 2000-2005. Particular emphasis is placed on historical narratives describing religious buildings. As a whole, the documents describe both the material and the ritual sides of folk religion. Since the article draws on texts produced both in the past and in the present, it represents the points of view of both past actors and presents tellers. The analysis shows that Christian elements are intertwined with folk models and operate according to their principles. Although Christian and folk elements may be analytically separable, in Nenets practice they are fused together. The change in religiosity is as evident as the continuity.
|Otsikko||Doing Religion in the Russian North. : Competing Uses of Religiosity after Socialism.|
|Toimittajat||Patrick Plattet, Virginie Vaté, Patty A. Gray|
|Tila||Hyväksytty/In press - 2012|
|OKM-julkaisutyyppi||A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa|
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Lukin, K. (Hyväksytty/painossa). ”My grandpa built that chapel”: Remembering Folk Religious Places on Kolguev Island. teoksessa P. Plattet, V. Vaté, & P. A. Gray (Toimittajat), Doing Religion in the Russian North. : Competing Uses of Religiosity after Socialism. Berghahn Books.