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Author Kapaló, James Alexander

Title Text, context and performance : Gagauz folk religion in discourse and practice / by James Alexander Kapaló
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011


Description 1 online resource (xiv, [3], 352 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Numen book series. Studies in the history of religions, 0169-8834 ; v. 135
Studies in the history of religions ; 135.
Contents Note on Transliteration, Names and Toponyms; Acknowledgements; Glossary of Frequently Used Terms and Abbreviations in Gagauz and Russian; List of Illustrations; List of Maps; Introduction; Chapter One Folk Religion in Discourse and Practice; The Discourse on Folk Religion in the Context of Eastern and Central Europe; The Language and Practice of Folk Religion; On Method and Methodology; Human and Superhuman Agency in Language; Text, Context, Performance; Chapter Two Historical Narrative and the Discourse on Origins; Migration and Dislocation
The Discourse on Origins, Ethnogenesis and RaceHistorical Narratives and Discourses in the Construction of Gagauz National Consciousness; Nationhood and Religion in the Post-Çakir Years; The Contested Nature of Gagauz Identity in the Post-Soviet Era; Conclusion; Chapter Three Liturgy, Language and the Vernacularisation of Orthodoxy; The Liturgy: Observing the Orthodox Faith; The Three Languages of Gagauz Orthodoxy; Gagauz Language, Liturgy and Scripture in the Post-Soviet Era; Conclusion
Chapter Four Language, Lay Agency and the 'Surrogate' Text Bu epistolii yazdı kendi Allah -- 'This letter was written by God himself 'Russian, Moldovan and Gagauz Apocalypticism; Epistoliyas and Apocalyptic Texts in the Gagauz Language; Translations, Translators and Tetratkas; Epistoliyas in Folk Religious Practice; Conclusion; Chapter Five Healing and Divine Authority Düştän Allahın lafı sana geldi! -- 'The words of God have come to you in a dream'; The Traditional Healing System; The İlaççılar; Conclusion
Chapter Six Healing, Text and Performance Allahın lafçaazınnan okuyêêrım -- 'I heal with the little words of God'The 'Texts' of Gagauz Healing Practices; The Simple Charm; 'Epic' or Narrative Charms; Ratification Formulas; Ritual Actions, Implements and Substances; Reality, Metaphor, Belief; The Orthodox Church on Healing and Magic; Gagauz Healing Texts from the Tetratkas; Agency and the Relational Character of Religious Authority; Conclusion; Chapter Seven Prayer as Social and Cosmological Performance Durmaksız dua ediniz. Herşeydä şükür ediniz -- 'Pray continually
Give thanks in all circumstances . . .'Prayer, Tradition and Agency; Canonical Prayer in Performance; Toast-Prayer and the Social Performance of Cosmological Reality; Prayer, Divine Agents and the 'Magico-Religious'; Conclusion; Chapter Eight Archaic Folk Prayer amongst the Gagauz Kim sölecek bu molitvayı onu iisözleyecek, dedi Allah -- 'And God said that he will bless whosoever says this prayer'; The Contours of the Genre of 'Archaic Prayer'; Textual Motifs and Formulae; The Closing Formula; Prayer in Context and Performance; Transmission and Reception of 'Texts'; Prayer as Performance
Summary This ethnographic study of Gagauz religion offers an original perspective on 'folk religion' as discourse and object of study. It is also the first monograph published in a Western language on this little-known European people's history and culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Gagauz (Turkic people) -- Moldova -- Religion
Folk religion -- Moldova
Gagauz (Turkic people) -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- Religion
Folk religion -- Ukraine -- Odesa
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Orthodox.
Folk religion
SUBJECT Moldova -- Religious life and customs
Odesa (Ukraine) -- Religious life and customs
Subject Moldova
Ukraine -- Odesa
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011025496
ISBN 9789004216341