Írásba foglalt vágyak és imák : szempontok az írásos ájtatosság társadalmi hátteréhez

Frauhammer Krisztina: Írásba foglalt vágyak és imák : szempontok az írásos ájtatosság társadalmi hátteréhez. In: Rítusok, folklór szövegek, (13). pp. 115-122. (2004)

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From times immemorial, the desire to keep contact with God or another transcendental being or power has always been living in mankind. In all eras and all cultures people found their own mediums and methods through which they could contact a being or power which seemed unattainable for them. In the early Christian catacombs, people wrote on the walls, in the Middle Ages they sent or placed letters next to the saints' tombs, nowadays, the practice of using books for this purpose in churches seems to spread, moreover, the world of computers and the Internet becomes the means of communication. Writing gives the messages and their writers eternity. The church books, or as I call them the visitors' books examined in my article serve the same purpose. What inclines a person to confess his or her innermost worries and joys in public? Can we explain why such books are displayed in more and more places? In most cases, the books appear spontaneously and the motivation behind is the desire to write about everyday concerns and problems in a sacred place. The spontaneous idea may encourage others - either involuntarily or consciously - to adapt the model. The clergy's and the church's guidance has also played an important role in spreading this spontaneous practice and making it more conscious. Another important question in the research on social background in connection with the books is who writes these requests and acknowledgements. As the messages are usually anonymous because of their intimacy, it is very difficult to answer this question. Generally, the majority is a woman and having lower education, and the given social and cultural environment influences the social composition of the writers as well.

Item Type: Book Section
Other title: Wishes and prayers committed to writing considerations of the social background of written devotion
Journal or Publication Title: Rítusok, folklór szövegek
Date: 2004
Volume: 13
ISSN: 1419-1288
ISBN: 963 9406 78 3
Page Range: pp. 115-122
Series Name: Szegedi vallási néprajzi könyvtár
Language: Hungarian, English
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/69834/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vallási néprajz - magyar - Kárpát-medence, Valláslélektan, Ima - népi - magyar, Búcsú - Magyarország, Kegyhely - Magyarország
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 120. p. és a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 05. Social sciences
05. Social sciences > 05.04. Sociology
06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
Date Deposited: 2020. Sep. 02. 13:07
Last Modified: 2022. Feb. 03. 12:30
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/69904

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