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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective$
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Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260559

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260559.001.0001

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A Dual Quarrel of Images On the Middle Volga

A Dual Quarrel of Images On the Middle Volga

Icon Veneration in the Face of Protestant and Pagan Critique

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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Chris Hann

Hermann Goltz

University of California Press

This chapter explores the use of icons in the Russian republic of Marii El, where many inhabitants have preserved traces of pre-Christian religious practices, notably in the veneration of distinctive natural objects in sites held to be sacred. For the Protestant missionaries active in the republic today, the use made of icons by Russian Orthodox Christians has to be condemned as an extension of such pagan superstitions. Many people nonetheless use icons publicly and maintain “icon corners” in their homes.

Keywords:   icons, Marii El, pre-Christian religious practices, Protestant missionaries, Russian Orthodox Christians, paganism

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