Possessed: Women, Witches, and Demons in Imperial Russia

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Women known as "shriekers" howled, screamed, convulsed, and tore their clothes. Believed to be possessed by devils, these central figures in a cultural drama known as "klikushestvo" stirred various reactions among those who encountered them. While sympathetic monks and peasants tended to shelter the shriekers, others analyzed, diagnosed, and objectified them. The Russian Orthodox Church played an important role, for, while moving toward a scientific explanation for the behavior of these women, it was reluctant to abandon ...

Possessed: Women, Witches, and Demons in Imperial Russia 2003, Northern Illinois University Press, Dekalb, IL

ISBN-13: 9780875805986

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Possessed: Women, Witches, and Demons in Imperial Russia 2001, Northern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780875802732

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