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Christian saints in Russian incantations

Aleksey Yudin (UGent)
(2021) RELIGIONS. 12(8).
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This article discusses the Christian saints who are most often mentioned in Russian incantations: Sts. George, Nicholas, Florus and Laurus, Kossma and Damian, Zosima and Savvaty of Solovki, as well as the semi-apocryphal saints Sisinius and Solomonia. The first six are among the most popular saints of Russian folk Orthodoxy. The article presents the naming conventions of saints, and their attributes and functions in Russian folk magic. Depending on their magical function, the protagonists of the incantations can act as helpers, protectors, and healers. They assist in various practical areas of life, and protect against real and magical dangers, in addition to helping healing from diseases and wounds.
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Religious studies, Russian folklore, saints, Orthodoxy, magic, incantations

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Yudin, Aleksey. “Christian Saints in Russian Incantations.” RELIGIONS, vol. 12, no. 8, 2021, doi:10.3390/rel12080556.
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Yudin, A. (2021). Christian saints in Russian incantations. RELIGIONS, 12(8). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080556
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Yudin, Aleksey. 2021. “Christian Saints in Russian Incantations.” RELIGIONS 12 (8). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080556.
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Yudin, Aleksey. 2021. “Christian Saints in Russian Incantations.” RELIGIONS 12 (8). doi:10.3390/rel12080556.
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Yudin A. Christian saints in Russian incantations. RELIGIONS. 2021;12(8).
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A. Yudin, “Christian saints in Russian incantations,” RELIGIONS, vol. 12, no. 8, 2021.
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  language     = {{eng}},
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  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rel12080556}},
  volume       = {{12}},
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