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“Spiritual Heroes”: Saintly Pantheon Of Valaam

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The development of Valaam's 'saintly pantheon,' that is, the list of saints that have been presented as residents of Valaam has been quite a prominent aspect in the image formation of the monastery. The pantheon can be divided in two phases in accordance with the general development of the monastery. This chapter examines the formation of the 'layers' of Valaam's saintly pantheon starting from the saints mentioned already in sixteenth century sources and continuing towards the second half of the nineteenth century when the list of saints was established along with the publication activities of Valaam. The often repeated notion of Valaam as the 'Northern Athos' is inseparably intertwined with the monastery's fame as a spiritual centre and its pantheon of famous spiritual heroes.

Keywords: Northern Athos; Saintly Pantheon; Valaam



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