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The Witch-hunt in Ludmir

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231917.003.0010
The Witch-hunt in Ludmir

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This chapter examines the possible link between the Maiden of Ludmir and the Frankist movement. It also investigates the role that Uniate women's monastery may have played in the Maiden's story. The accusations of dybbuk possession made about her by her opponents in Ludmir are explained. The Maiden's opponents sought to dismiss her as a powerless victim whose actions were controlled by a malevolent male spirit. It is possible that the Maiden was inspired by Sabbatean and Frankist traditions without considering herself a member of the movement. Many aspects of Anastasiia's life resemble biographical accounts of the Maiden of Ludmir. Ludmir's religious and civil authorities may have begun to view the Maiden as part of a broader challenge to their authority rather than as an anomalous individual with a largely powerless following.

Keywords: Maiden of Ludmir; Frankist movement; Uniate; dybbuk possession; Anastasiia; women's monastery

Chapter.  12412 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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