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Title: Proximity/distance at the meeting on “the other side”
Authors: Petreska, Vesna
Keywords: Proximity/distance
Folk healers
Charms and incantations
Space
Time
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM
Citation: Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne, 2012, nr 2, s.231–249
Abstract: Folk healers and their ability to heal can be connected with death or the being owned by death. This deeply archaic structure is evident in how knowledge is acquired, namely that it is passed on from mother to daughter or granddaughter/grandson in a place that suggests a connection to the other world (water, bridge). It is also evident in the fact that the women performing charms must be postmenopausal. Also important is the fact that when knowledge is acquired through dreams and visions, the soul of the initiate or the initiate him- or herself must be in touch with the other world and then return to life by passing over a thin line: a bridge as wide as a hair or a straw. This is a condition akin to death followed by eventual recuperation. Another important point is the difference in physical appearance to those treated, for example, old, white, a pale face, piercing eyes, small, slouching, etc. All these incorporate the idea that the communication with the “other world”, “the other side”, is always given to those people that somehow were in touch with the other world, which from that perspective are far from us, but originating from our environment and transferring the message that they are also close to us. The connection with the other side, with the other, distanced world was also seen in the time-space structure on the charms.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/3719
ISBN: 978-83-232-2409-9
ISSN: 2084-3011
Appears in Collections:Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne, 2012, nr 2

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