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The Ethnology Notebooks, 2018, № 5 (143), 1326

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2018.05.1326

Received  19.07.2018

INCLUSION OF BELARUSIAN MYTHOLOGICAL CHARACTERS IN THE CONCEPT OF PERSON: «INVISIBLE PEOPLES» OR ELVES IN BELARUS

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4957-1619

Kanapljanikov Dmytro, a bread-winner is on the century of historical sciences

department of the modern ethnology

of the Institute of Ethnology

of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

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Abstrakt. Belarusian traditional Personhood by studies the Belarusian myths and rituals, the stories and thoughts about fairies — «Vanishing People», «invisible peoples» — are researched. Belarusian myths and rituals about «invisible people», both with Western European myths about elves and fairies, create a European area of representations about «invisible people». The feature of the eastern part of this area, which includes the Belarusians, is the presence of rituals and priests of this cult. According to the stories about these beings, they have a human entities, support to each other, as well as with people, economic and social ties. The person, by traditional Belarusians worldview, is social minded entity, and may have supernatural and metamorphosis property.

Keywords: Vanishing People, elf, fairy, Personhood, Person, European mythology, Belarusian mythology, deities of local, European paganism.

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