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'On the beliefs of the Greeks' : Leo Allatios and popular Orthodoxy /
by Karen Hartnup.
imprint
Leiden, Netherlands : Brill, 2004.
description
xiv, 370 p. : ill., port. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004131809
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imprint
Leiden, Netherlands : Brill, 2004.
isbn
9004131809
catalogue key
5189824
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-355) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Karen Hartnup, Ph.D. (2000) in History, University of Edinburgh researches into popular Orthodoxy and the relationship between Orthodoxy and Catholicism in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods
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' Hartnup skilfully disentrangles and explicates these interesting byways of seventeenth-century Orthodox folk religion.'Charles Stewart, Journal of Ecclesiastical History.
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Summaries
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This book deals with popular Orthodoxy during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, approaching the material from a historical and anthropological perspective. The discussion takes as its starting point a letter of Leo Allatios, the seventeenth-century author and scriptor of the Vatican Library.The early chapters of the book focus on Allatios and the western intellectual background in which the work was written, while later chapters consider popular beliefs and practices surrounding childstealing demons, revenants, spirits of place and popular healing.Thisbook provides the first detailed treatment of a major source for post Byzantine popular Orthodoxy, offering valuable insights into the relationships between laity and clergy, Orthodoxy and Catholicism, religion and natural philosophy during the seventeenth century.
Description for Reader
All those interested in the history of the Orthodox church, particularly popular religion, and in the intellectual framework of the seventeenth century west, including anthropologists, folklorists, ecclesiastical historians and historians of medicine.
Main Description
This book deals with popular Orthodoxy during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, approaching the material from a historical and anthropological perspective. The discussion takes as its starting point a letter of Leo Allatios, the seventeenth-century author and scriptor of the Vatican Library. The early chapters of the book focus on Allatios and the western intellectual background in which the work was written, while later chapters consider popular beliefs and practices surrounding childstealing demons, revenants, spirits of place and popular healing. This book provides the first detailed treatment of a major source for post Byzantine popular Orthodoxy, offering valuable insights into the relationships between laity and clergy, Orthodoxy and Catholicism, religion and natural philosophy during the seventeenth century.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Approaching Orthodox Popular Religionp. 4
The Problems of Mediating between Traditionsp. 12
A Model for the Investigation of Orthodox Popular Religionp. 23
The Sources for Orthodox Popular Religionp. 27
The De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibus of Leo Allatiosp. 27
The Textp. 28
Sources Contained in the De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibusp. 33
Other Sources for the Investigation of Popular Orthodoxy in the Early Modern Periodp. 42
Nomokanonesp. 43
Professions of Faith and Greek Writings on the State of the Churchp. 45
Demonological Textsp. 45
Western Travellersp. 46
Folklorep. 51
Leo Allatios: His Life and Influencesp. 53
Biographyp. 53
Intellectual Influencesp. 64
Antiquarianismp. 64
Ecumenismp. 68
Demons and Nature: Medicine and Neoplatonic Philosophyp. 74
The Gello and Popular Religionp. 85
The Nature of the Gellop. 88
The Gello and the Churchp. 90
The Gello and Iconoclasmp. 92
Protection against the Gellop. 95
The Gello and Baptismp. 105
The Gello and the Power of Baptismp. 107
Allatios' Understanding of the Relationship between the Gello and Baptismp. 110
The Ambiguous Position of the New-Born Childp. 116
Birth and Pollutionp. 119
Birth, Baptism and the Transitional Periodp. 123
The Gello and Marriagep. 132
The Importance of Marriagep. 132
Popular Beliefs and Practices Surrounding Marriagep. 138
Gelloudes, Nereides and the Female Naturep. 139
The Gello and the Destructive Force of Envyp. 146
The Gello, Envy and Marital Statusp. 149
Witchcraft and Allatios' Understanding of the Gellop. 158
Problems Surrounding Orthodox Marriage in the Seventeenth-Centuryp. 162
The Vrykolakasp. 173
The Revenant in Seventeenth-Century Greek Societyp. 173
The Vrykolakasp. 178
Ecclesiastical Approaches to the Vrykolakasp. 180
The Popular Approach to the Vrykolakasp. 185
The Tympaniaiosp. 199
The Tympaniaios and the Doctrine of Purgatoryp. 205
Sin and the Afterlife: the Orthodox Perspectivep. 208
Developments Affecting the Orthodox Interpretation of the Tympaniaiosp. 212
The Orthodox Laity and the Catholic Churchp. 216
The Tympaniaios and the Jurisdiction of the Orthodox Churchp. 218
The Tympaniaios and the Vrykolakasp. 226
Allatios' Interpretation of the Orthodox Revenantsp. 233
Allatios and Popular Healingp. 237
Demons and Diseasep. 238
Popular Unction in the De opinationibusp. 240
The Orthodox Sacrament of Unctionp. 243
The Relationship between the Orthodox Sacrament of Unction and Popular Practicep. 248
Allatios and Popular Practicesp. 254
Verification of Religious Healing: Allatios' Own Experiencep. 265
Allatios and the Stoicheionp. 271
Allatios' Text and its Medical Contextp. 274
The Neoplatonic Outlook of Allatiosp. 282
The Stoicheionp. 282
Neoplatonism in the Westp. 291
Neoplatonism and the De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibusp. 295
Conclusionp. 307
The Focus of the De Opinationibusp. 307
Allatios' Approach to Popular Religionp. 308
Allatios and the Relationship between Popular and Official Orthodoxyp. 315
The De Opinationibus and Wider Scholarshipp. 322
Conspectus of Sourcesp. 325
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 357
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