Accepted paper:

The body image in demonological legends

Authors:

Jasmina Katinski (Institute for Literature and Art)

Paper short abstract:

Demonological legends offer an insight into the attitudes to the body, physical anomalies and defects. The symbolism and the variety of meanings ascribed to certain body parts indicate the importance which this passing human part had in tradition and beliefs.

Paper long abstract:

In a tradition and a culture where the polarisation of the physical and the spiritual part of human being is a given premise, and the spiritual, eternal side of existence is primary, the attitude towards the body and the physical has remained sketchy. Demonological legends offer an insight into the attitudes to the body, physi- cal anomalies and defects. The symbolism and the variety of meanings ascribed to certain body parts indicate the importance which this passing human part had in tradition and beliefs.

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Body, emotion, gender