Peculiarities of religious behaviour of Lithuanian exiles and convicts in Siberia (1945-1960)

Mardosa, Jonas: Peculiarities of religious behaviour of Lithuanian exiles and convicts in Siberia (1945-1960). In: Lelkiségek, lelkiségi mozgalmak Magyarországon és Kelet-Közép Európában = Spirituality and spiritual movements in Hungary and Eastern Europe 10. pp. 363-381. (2014)

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Abstract

The article analyses the models of religious behaviour of rural residents exiled to Siberia and Gulag concentration camps (in 1945-1960). Data collected during fieldwork revealed that religion and religious rituals occupied multidimensional place during different periods of exile in Siberia. The most important for the deportees were rituals and customs at home, and those that were public. They were practiced on an individual, family and collective level. The form of these rituals and customs often depended on the specificity of life in exile. In fact, such religious life had no distinct system in the concentration camps of Gulag. At the moment of deportation and initial settlement in exile, individual and collective prayers were of utmost importance. Besides, the graveyards established in the places of exile also used the place for performance of religious ceremonies. The most significant collective ritual among the Siberian exiles were the May worship. The altars for family and collective rituals with image of Blessed Virgin Mary were built in barracks or a residential house. Thus, the collective rituals at home and in public place were of utmost importance for the exiles, since they used to integrate the exiles on the basis of religion and became the means of preserving religious and national identity.

Item Type: Book Section
Heading title: Spirituality and spiritual movements in Hungary and Eastern Central Europe
Journal or Publication Title: Lelkiségek, lelkiségi mozgalmak Magyarországon és Kelet-Közép Európában = Spirituality and spiritual movements in Hungary and Eastern Europe
Date: 2014
Number: 10
ISSN: 2064-4825
ISBN: 978-963-306-260-9
Page Range: pp. 363-381
Series Name: A vallási kultúrakutatás könyvei
Language: Angol
Event Title: Vallási Néprajzi Konferencia (11.) (2012) (Szeged)
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/67611/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vallásgyakorlat - litvánok - szibériai munkatáborok - 1945-1960
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 375-377., Rezümé angolul, Illusztrációkkal: An altar. Krasnoyarsk region, Village Maklakov, 1956., First Holy Communion.Siberia, 1956., Easter. Siberia, 1949., Christmas. Irkutsk district, Zima town. 1957., Mass in a cemetery with two priests present. Irkutsk district, Zima town. The summer of 1953...
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology > 06.01.01. History
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology > 06.01.01. History > 06.01.01.12. Cultural history, history of collective identities and memories
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion > 06.03.04. Religious studies
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 26. 09:03
Last Modified: 2020. Jul. 02. 13:17
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/67186

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