A Dual Quarrel of Images On the Middle Volga

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260559
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945920 | DOI:
A Dual Quarrel of Images On the Middle Volga

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This chapter explores the use of icons in the Russian republic of Marii El, where many inhabitants have preserved traces of pre-Christian religious practices, notably in the veneration of distinctive natural objects in sites held to be sacred. For the Protestant missionaries active in the republic today, the use made of icons by Russian Orthodox Christians has to be condemned as an extension of such pagan superstitions. Many people nonetheless use icons publicly and maintain “icon corners” in their homes.

Keywords: icons; Marii El; pre-Christian religious practices; Protestant missionaries; Russian Orthodox Christians; paganism

Chapter.  9661 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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