Pagan Survivals, Superstitions and Popular Cultures in Early Medieval Pastoral Literature

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PIMS, Jan 1, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 438 pages
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This comprehensive study examines early medieval popular culture as it appears in ecclesiastical and secular law, sermons, penitentials and other pastoral works - a selective, skewed, but still illuminating record of the beliefs and practices of ordinary Christians. Concentrating on the five centuries from c. 500 to c. 1000, Pagan Survivals, Superstitions and Popular Cultures in Early Medieval Pastoral Literature presents the evidence for folk religious beliefs and piety, attitudes to nature and death, festivals, magic, drinking and alimentary customs. As such it provides a precious glimpse of the mutual adaptation of Christianity and traditional cultures at an important period of cultural and religious transition.
  

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Contents

Concepts Contexts Sources
12
Idolatry Gods and Supernatural Beings
65
Nature
120
Time
153
Space
193
Magic Magicians and Beneficent Magic
219
Ambivalent and Destructive Magic
270
Death
318
violation of tombs and magic
336
Conclusion
357
Bibliography
365
Index
409
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