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Caroling History: Heteroglossic Narratives and Religious Boundaries

  • Agnieszka Pasieka
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Abstract

After Metody told me this story, I asked him, still laughing, whether it was an anecdote about one of the neighboring pilgrimage sites where there is indeed a mountain with a well and “holy water” and where the Greek Catholics and Orthodox continue to commemorate apparitions. According to local legend, Mary appeared there to a pious woman and asked her to build a chapel. My storyteller, a cheerful elderly man with a constant smile on his face, answered that he could not reveal the location but that he was convinced there was a grain of truth in the story. Having said that, Metody went back to his work. He had come to the house I was renting in order to fix a broken door lock. Thanks to a fully equipped toolbox and Metody’s years of experience as a watchmaker, the task was soon completed and we could sit in the kitchen over a cup of a hot tea. I asked him how much I owed him for his work, which I appreciated all the more given the raging snowstorm outside. “I cannot take any money from you,” Metody replied. “It is Friday evening. I celebrate Saturdays, and Friday evening counts as Saturday. So if I work, I do it free of charge, only to help others,” he added with a smile.

Keywords

Dominant Narrative Religious Market Religious Boundary Collective Trauma German Soldier 
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© Agnieszka Pasieka 2015

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