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For Whom the Platter Tolls

Bogatyrev, Sergei; (2023) For Whom the Platter Tolls. Canadian-American Slavic Studies , 57 (3-4) pp. 263-280. 10.30965/22102396-05703001. Green open access

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This paper deals with memory in medieval Rus. Previous scholarship has focused on organised liturgical commemoration (memoria), which relied on complex canonised texts and sophisticated church rituals. This article concerns less formal types of medieval remembrance, like commemorative graffiti, colophons, and simple commemorative rituals. Such memorial devices can be called paraliturgical because they either facilitated liturgical commemoration or derived from liturgical texts and ceremonies, but technically were not part of the liturgy. Paraliturgical remembrance offered a peculiar version of the past. It combined short family memory, which went back to one or two generations, and the mythologised past, which was based on Scripture and inspirational legends, like that about Riurik. Paraliturgical memory was future orientated as it carried information required for salvation, including records of charity and donations. This type of memory also conveyed emotions, genealogical knowledge, and royal mythology. Paraliturgical remembrance crossed institutional and regional boundaries, creating communities of rememberers.

Type: Article
Title: For Whom the Platter Tolls
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.30965/22102396-05703001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.30965/22102396-05703001
Language: English
Additional information: © Sergei Bogatyrev, 2023. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: memory; liturgy; Kyiv/Kiev; Novgorod; graffiti; Ostromir Gospel; Riurik
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10175804
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