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Samodelova Е.А. “Prayer to the Archangel Michael” and “The Dream of Our Lady” in the Records of Petr G. Bogatirev (On the Archival Materials). Studia Litterarum, 2017, vol. 2, no 3, pp. 274–299. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2017-2-3-274-299

Author: E.A. Samodelova
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Elena A. Samodelova, DSc of Philology, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Received: April 18, 2017
Published: September 25, 2017
Issue: 2017 Vol. 2, №3
Department: Folklore Studies
Pages: 274-299

UDK: 398
BBK: 82.3(2Рос=Рус)
Keywords: Petr G. Bogatirev, expeditions, Moscow region, Serpukhov district, apocryphal prayer, “The Dream of Our Lady,” Commission of the Society of Lovers of Natural Science, Anthropology and Ethnography, Moscow linguistic group.


This is the first publication of “The Dream of Our Lady” and “The Prayer to Archangel Michael,” two pieces recorded by Petr G. Bogatirev in 1914–1915 in the village Bavykino of the Moscow region with a commentary. The publication contains extensive passages from Bogatirev’s presentations on collected works of spiritual folklore and proceedings of the meetings of the Society of Lovers of Natural Science, Anthropology and Ethnography (OLEAE) dedicated to Bogatirev’s lectures about apocrypha and other results of his folklore expeditions. Bogatirev attempted to prove that at the beginning of the 20 th Century, traditional folklore was still preserved in the settlements near large industrial centers. Already during his first expedition as a student of Moscow University, he recorded the work of the entire folklore complex in dialect. His valuable works on spiritual folklore bearing on book and church sources exist both in verbal and written form. While preparing presentations about his expeditions, Bogatirev pointed out a
corpus of already published analogical works and compared it with his own folklore discoveries, analyzed previous research on the subject and made his own conclusions. Keywords: Petr G. Bogatirev, expeditions, Moscow region, Serpukhov district, apocryphal prayer, “The Dream of Our Lady,” Commission of the Society of Lovers of Natural Science, Anthropology and Ethnography, Moscow linguistic group.


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