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WHY IS THE HOLY IMAGE "TRUE"? THE ONTOLOGICAL CONCEPT OF TRUTH AS A PRINCIPLE OF SELF-AUTHENTICATION OF FOLK DEVOTIONAL EFFIGIES IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY

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The present article examines the twofold material provided by analyses of the borderline between the ethnology of religion and the history of folk art. It refers first of all to the etiological legends of holy images venerated in Central and Eastern Europe in the post-tridentine period, and secondly to folk holy images, in particular woodcut prints, self-declared as "true images," which were widespread until the last century, and richly represented in Polish folk piety.

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2002-07-01
2016-12-07

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