Healing Chains, Relationships of Power and Competing Religious Imageries in the Monastery of Saints Kosmas and Damian in Kuklen (Bulgaria)

  • Magdalena Lubanska Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at University of Warsaw

Abstract

This article offers an anthropological analysis of a conflict over the use of a set of 'healing chains' and other focal objects kept in the Orthodox Christian monastery of Saints Kosmas and Damian in Kuklen, Bulgaria. In a nutshell, the conflict captures the leading religious imageries propagated by the custodians of the monastery on the one hand, and the spiritual leaders of a new religious movement, so-called Deunovians, on the other. The analysis helps situate some of the significant changes currently affecting the religious culture of Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria within a broader social and cultural context.

Author Biography

Magdalena Lubanska, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at University of Warsaw
Assistant Professor in the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. Her main research areasinclude interactions between Muslims and Christians in post-Ottoman territories, religious (anti)syncretism, sacrificial rites, embodied religion, sensory religious imageries, agency of things, healing practices, material religion, secularization, post-secularism, anthropology of Orthodox Christianity, anthropology of Islam.Principal Investigator in two scientific projects funded by the National Science Centre in Poland: “Anthropological Theories and Social-Religious Life of Orthodox Believers in Local Communities of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Working Group: Centre for Anthropological Studies on Orthodox Christianity” (2012-2015) and “Multisensory Religious Imageries in Selected Catholic Shrines in South-Eastern Poland” (2014-2017). Author of Muslims and Christians in Bulgarian Rhodopes. Studies on Religious (Anti)syncretism (2015) and many journal articles in “Ethnologia Balkanica”,  “Anthropological Journal of European Cultures”, “Lud”, “Ethnologia Polona”, “Slavia Meridionalis”
Published
2016-06-30
How to Cite
LUBANSKA, Magdalena. Healing Chains, Relationships of Power and Competing Religious Imageries in the Monastery of Saints Kosmas and Damian in Kuklen (Bulgaria). Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 1, p. 71-99, june 2016. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <https://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/221>. Date accessed: 30 sep. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jef-2016-0004.
Section
Articles

Keywords

healing chain; Orthodox Christians; Deunovians; religious imageries; Bulgaria; ekstrasensi