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“The Holy Pair”: The Founder Cult Of Sergei And German Of Valaam

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Sergei and German are respected as saints in both the Russian and Finnish Orthodox Churches. Moreover, they are seen as crucial entities in the network of saints of the Karelian area, which will be studied in more detail in the relevant chapters. The presence of Sergei and German of Valaam in the text is a curious detail, which seems to out of place with both the context of the issue of land ownership and the textual tradition concerning Valaam. Skazanie o Valaamskom monastyre indicates that in the 1550-1570s the cult of Sergei and German was only in the state of formation. This option is supported by the fact that no earlier texts confirming the existence of the cult have been found.

Keywords: German; Sergei; Skazanie o Valaamskom monastyre; Valaam



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