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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2017, 6 (138), 1343—1373

UDK 393; 398.3

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2017.06.1343

Received 9.11.2017

TRADITIONAL BELIEFS ABOUT DEATH AND THE DEAD PERSONS ON THE HISTORICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC VOLYN

Halaichuk Volodymyr Vasyl’ovych, associate professor

at the Department of Ethnology

of the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv

Universytetska Str. 1, Lviv, 79000, Ukraine

Contacts: Tel. (032) 2394540; e-mail:kaf.etnolog.lnu@gmail.com

Abstract. The article covers the traditional notions about death and the deceased on the historical and ethnographic Volhyn. People’s views on death and the otherworldly world are considered. The complex of funeral and memorial traditions and rituals is also described. Particular attention is paid to cases of deviation from the norm: premature or severe death, the invasion of the deceased or their souls into the world of living people. Representation of the posthumous existence of the soul in the folk calendar and demonology of the Volynians are illustrated.

 Keywords: historical and ethnographic Volyn, death, deceased, hobgoblin, witch, suicide, «poterchata», mermaids.

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