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Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend

Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend
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Russian and Slavic beliefs weave a rich tapestry of the real world and the fantasy world, populated by such creatures as dragons, monsters and shape-changing wolves. Though Russia adopted Christianity as the state religion in AD 988, paganism remained popular through to the end of the 19th century - and survives in isolated pockets even at the end of the 20th century.In Russian myths and legends, Christian themes are interwoven with pagan ideas: dragons fight priests; saints encounter nymphs; and witches enter the kingdom of heaven. This volume offers a guide in English to the myths and legends of the Russian Empire and other Slavic countries and peoples. Extensive historical, geographical and biographical background is included to enhance the reader's understanding.
ABC-CLIO; August 2002
392 pages; ISBN 9781576074879
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