Medieval Slavonic Childbirth Prayers: Sources, Context and Functionality
- Author(s): Margaret Dimitrova Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov
- Subject(s): Literary Texts // South Slavonic manuscripts // Orthodox childbirth prayers // Transmission of texts //
Published by: Institute for Literature BAS
- Print ISSN: 1312-238X
In the article examines are the function, language and distribution of childbirth and new-born till the 40th day prayers and of apocryphal prayers for an easy birth in South Slavonic manuscripts (XIV-XVII century) in comparison with Byzantine sources. The more archaic variants of prayers for the after birth period stand out, compared with the widespread later scheme, including texts about the old woman-midwife. The medieval Glagolhic and Cyrillic repertoire of prayers for an easy birth is based on one and the same evocative formula, added with instructions, dialogues, biblical quotations or names with sacred meaning. Regardless of the similarity of the texts, we can see the dynamics of their use and their functioning on the dictated by ritual border between written and oral, a border, in which the written is constantly activated by the oral, and the oral is never fully authentic.
Page Range: 273-290
No. of Pages: 18
Language: EnglishYear: 2004
Issue No:: Scripta & e-Scripta vol 2, 2004
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Prof., PhD Sofia St Kliment Okhridski University, BulgariaDescriptionMargaret Dimitrova is Professor of the history of the Bulgarian language at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. She has intensively published on the translations of the Song of Songs in medieval South Slavic milieux, on medieval Slavonic prayers for mothers, newborn, and midwives, as well as on 17th–19th-century Bulgarian manuscripts.
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