COUNTERINTUITIVENESS AND RITUAL EFFICACY IN EARLY MODERN KARELIAN HEALING: AN APPLICATION OF THE RITUAL COMPETENCE THEORY
PROTIINTUITIVNOST IN RITUALNA UČINKOVITOST V ZGODNJEMODERNEM KARELIJSKEM ZDRAVLJENJU UPORABA TEORIJE RITUALNE KOMPETENCE

Siria Kohonen

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3986/Traditio2018470305

Abstract

This article presents an application of Thomas E. Lawson and Robert N. McCauley’s ritual competence theory in order to study two early modern Karelian sages and their rituals, especially their healing rituals. I analyse how this application presents ritual efficacy in archived healing narratives, and how such an efficacy affects interpretations of the rituals and their performers.

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V članku je predstavljena uporaba teorije ritualne kompetence Thomasa E. Lawsona in Roberta N. McCauleya na primeru dveh zgodnjemodernih karelijskih modrecev in njunih obredov, posebej zdravilnih. Avtorica analizira, kako ta raba predstavlja ritualno učinkovitost v arhiviranih zdravilnih pripovedih in kako učinkovitost vpliva na interpretacijo obredov in njihovih izvajalcev.

Keywords

Karelia; healing rituals; rituals; sages; counterintuitiveness; ritual competence theory // Karelija; zdravilni obredi; obredi; modreci; protiintuitivnost; teorija ritualne kompetence

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