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Offline Hawkeye

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Re: Greek Superstitions: evil eye, garlic, knives, brides, and more
« Reply #90 on: November 04, 2013, 02:43:21 PM »
Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (documentary by Werner Herzog)

So I went and watched it today.

This being before he started his commune, it's hilarious - if easily explainable - how much Vissarion visually borrowed from Russian Orthodoxy: chotki, the sign of blessing, and even the wearing of blue on red.

The Old Believers (priested, it seems) presented are most definitely crazy. Never heard of any stump-gods or sunken cities in my neck of the woods.

Well, with Herzog you never know how much is staged and how much "real life". Vissarion may well be a fictional character played by an actor...

Wouldn't that be a twist?

Herzog gets a nice local policeman to play a cult leader believing himself to be the reincarnated Christ, only to lose him to the role. Things get out of hand and an ecological community worshiping this "Vissarion" subsequently pops up in Siberia.

Seems legit.
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[Ecclesiastics] conspired against him because they hated his teaching for its zealous emphasis on proper Christian conduct: with great courage he denounced all whom he saw behaving in an ungodly fashion... [As such] he was deprived of his priestly rank, bound in iron chains, and broken down in jails.

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Re: Greek Superstitions: evil eye, garlic, knives, brides, and more
« Reply #91 on: November 04, 2013, 02:48:11 PM »
Herzog gets a nice local policeman to play a cult leader believing himself to be the reincarnated Christ, only to lose him to the role. Things get out of hand and an ecological community worshiping this "Vissarion" subsequently pops up in Siberia.

Seems legit.

In Russia, roles do you.  :-\

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Re: Greek Superstitions: evil eye, garlic, knives, brides, and more
« Reply #92 on: November 04, 2013, 03:16:49 PM »
Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (documentary by Werner Herzog)

So I went and watched it today.

This being before he started his commune, it's hilarious - if easily explainable - how much Vissarion visually borrowed from Russian Orthodoxy: chotki, the sign of blessing, and even the wearing of blue on red.

The Old Believers (priested, it seems) presented are most definitely crazy. Never heard of any stump-gods or sunken cities in my neck of the woods.

Well, with Herzog you never know how much is staged and how much "real life". Vissarion may well be a fictional character played by an actor...

How modern of you, thinking there is a difference between stages and real life. And you claimed love for one of the best pieces of post-modern lit: The Tempest!
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Re: Greek Superstitions: evil eye, garlic, knives, brides, and more
« Reply #93 on: November 04, 2013, 03:25:39 PM »
How modern of you, thinking there is a difference between stages and real life. And you claimed love for one of the best pieces of post-modern lit: The Tempest!

I'm torn between my hypocritical and my hypercritical self...

But I did use inverted commas for "real life", didn't I?

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Re: Greek Superstitions: evil eye, garlic, knives, brides, and more
« Reply #94 on: November 04, 2013, 03:34:46 PM »
How modern of you, thinking there is a difference between stages and real life. And you claimed love for one of the best pieces of post-modern lit: The Tempest!

I'm torn between my hypocritical and my hypercritical self...

But I did use inverted commas for "real life", didn't I?

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Re: Greek Superstitions: evil eye, garlic, knives, brides, and more
« Reply #95 on: February 23, 2014, 01:30:36 AM »
What about the superstition of crossing the mouth when yanning?