IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 616: Nature, Magic, and Daily Life

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Organiser:Gerhard Jaritz, Institut für Realienkunde, Universität Salzburg, Krems / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Gerhard Jaritz, Institut für Realienkunde, Universität Salzburg, Krems / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 616-aCommon Animals and Sacred Contexts: Imitation in Germanic Grave Ritual
(Language: English)
Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Daily Life
Paper 616-bThe Natural World and Magic Rituals: The Visual Evidence in John Lydgate's Translation of Guillaume de Deguileville's The Pilgrimage of the Life of Man
(Language: English)
Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo, Instituto de Ciencias de las Religiones, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 616-cThe Weather Maker: Cats in Medieval Slavic Divination
(Language: English)
Svetlana Tsonkova, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Daily Life, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Slavic, Pagan Religions
Abstract

Rituals of popular religion and magic played an important role in the life of medieval society, rather independent of social class and position. In these contexts, various aspects of the influence of nature could prove relevant for the diverse rules and discourses. The session will provide three examples of such contexts, based on different approaches: on archaeozoology, art history, and analysis of divinations.