Abstract

Abstract:

The present study aims to explore certain past beliefs held by a range of peoples living in south eastern Europe concerning guardian spirits and magicians, as well as specific, related notions of the soul. The phenomena in question are connected primarily by terminology: by the partially shared word-stock of stoikheion/stihio/stuha/zduhač (etc.), which refer to these magicians and guardian spirits; and by terms like telesma/tellestim/talasom, which exist in parallel and which denote the spirits of places or guardian spirits. The parallel phenomena discussed in this article suggestconnections that may have existed between elite magical practice and the popular tradition

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-5111
Print ISSN
1556-8547
Pages
pp. 386-410
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-17
Open Access
No
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