The Gentle Revolution

The Childhood Origins of Soviet and East European Democratic Movements
  • Lloyd deMause


An eighteenth-century French visitor to Russia wrote the following description in his diary of a traditional baptism ceremony he had just attended:

Melissino and I were present at an extraordinary ceremony [on the river Neva], then covered with five feet of ice.

After the benediction of the waters, children were baptized by being plunged into a large hole which had been made in the ice. On the day on which I was present the priest happened to let one of the children slip through his hands.

“Drugoi!” he cried. That is, “Give me another.”

But my surprise may be imagined when I saw that the father and mother of the child were in an ecstasy of joy; they were certain that the babe had been carried straight to heaven. (Machen, n.d., p. 511)


Physical Abuse Political Reform Democratic Reform Democratic Movement Lower Infant Mortality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lloyd deMause
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute for PsychohistoryNew YorkUSA

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