The Church of Saint Clement, the Pope: Sources and the Symbolism of the Image in Russian Folklore
Department of Folklore and Folk Art State Institute for Art Studies
摘要：This article is based on some variants of the Russian spiritual verse Golubinaya Kniga [Pigeon book] and on a few Russian charms from the handwritten collections（from the 17 th and 19 th centuries）. In all these texts an image of the Church of Saint Clement, the Pope, is mentioned as a sacred place. In charms it becomes a place where the personages who help the protagonist usually stay. The legendary plot about the church of Saint Clement, which appeared on the place of his death at the bottom of the Black Sea and then used to come in sight from the sea every year in memory of his martyr’s death,is well known from the old Christian literature. The author considers the hagiography and iconography sources of this image and pays special attention to the icons of St. Clement with a cycle of his life on the margins that come from the Russian North. This stuff seems to influence the folklore tradition and as a result produces the specific image of the Christian shrine in spiritual verses and charms.
2017 International Conference on Art Studies: Science, Experience, Education （ICASSEE 2017）