Mythicised history. The deconstructed – reconstructed legend of Saint Stephen

Povedák István: Mythicised history. The deconstructed – reconstructed legend of Saint Stephen. In: Religion, culture, society, (2). pp. 100-116. (2015)

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Abstract

Paradigmatic cultural and political changes always influence perception of the past. The changing world-view brings a continuous reinterpretation of history. In this process the judgement of historical figures may change, they may undergo a continuous process of heroisation or deheroisation. In extreme cases heroes may become antiheroes, and antiheroes become heroes. An excellent example of this process is the legend of the Hungarian ruler Saint Stephen (997-1038) now being shaped, which throws light on the driving forces behind the changing vernacular view of history. In it we can see not only the characteristics of the emerging new myths but also the political and religious motivations behind the reinterpretation of history.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion, culture, society
Date: 2015
Volume: 2
ISSN: 1416-7972
Page Range: pp. 100-116
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/67602/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vallásosság - kortárs - modern pogányság - nacionalizmus - Szent István-kultusz - István, a király rock opera
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben, és p. 114-116.
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion > 06.03.04. Religious studies
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion > 06.03.04. Religious studies > 06.03.04.01. Myth, ritual, symbolic representations, religious studies
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 11. 13:55
Last Modified: 2021. Jul. 20. 13:37
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/66993

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