Animals – the participants of the miracles in the saints’ lives Cover Image

Животные – участники чудес в житиях святых
Animals – the participants of the miracles in the saints’ lives

Author(s): Olga Anchimiuk
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Language and Literature Studies, Theology and Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: the lives of the saints; the animals; the hyponyms; the hyperons

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the problem of presentation the animals in the saints’ lives (hermits), i.e. the animals who are the participants of the miracles. The lives of the saints – one of the narration mode ofanimals along with the myth about birds and beasts, fairy tales of crafty animals, moral tales (apologues), medieval bestiaries, epic poems and satirical short stories of the animal kingdom. The analysis has shown that the animals presented in the lives of the saints are one of themost important mode of expression of the miracles that occur with the saint. As the result of the eremitic life of the saints, the animals become a society for the saint, the participants, sometimes the reason for the performing a miracle, as well as the catalyst for showing the holiness.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 11-28
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Russian