The Image of the Real World and the World Beyond in the Slovene Folk Tradition
Podoba sveta in onstranstva v slovenskem ljudskem izročilu

Zmago Šmitek



In the Slovene folk tradition descriptions of the “world axis” in the form of the world mountain and the cosmic tree were preserved. This vertical axis linked the spheres of the underworld, the earth and the sky, representing the communicational channel among them. The world of people, deities, demons and souls of the deceased was installed in such “coordinate system”. Christianity gave the vertical axis another meaning, while the concept of human “earthly world” preserved a large number of its old traits.

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