Ob arhaičeskih čertah narodnoj demonologii rusin Vostočnoj Slovakii
On the Archaic Features of Folk Demonology of the Ruthenians of Eastern Slovakia

Marina Valentsova

Abstract

The article discusses archaic elements in the demonological beliefs of Ruthenians of Eastern Slovakia, a group of old East Slavic population in the Carpathian region. Archaic elements were identified by the comparison and confrontation with other archaic traditions of the Slavs – Polessian, Serbian, Russian, Bielorussian. Ethnolinguistic research was carried out on the basis of published materials - articles, monographs and dictionaries, as well as author’s field records. The study shows the presence of numerous cultural and linguistic archaisms belonging to the proto-Slavic era and preserved despite active and various contacts with neighbouring ethnic groups of other Slavs and non-Slavic peoples.

Keywords

ethnolinguistics; Ruthenian demonology; archaism; Slavic Carpathians

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