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Magical Practices in Russia Today: An Observer’s Report*

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The article is a record of a story of a visit to a witch-doctor in Modern Russia. The séance included the invocation of spirits of dead and alive persons, and also of Jesus Christ. Hypnosis and medium were used. It is to be noted that both witch-doctor and its client belong in this case to rather prosperous and educated Moscow dwellers. Some parallels from East-Slavic manuscript and folklore traditions and also from Russian classical literature are discussed.

Affiliations: 1: Academy of Sciences, Moscow,; 2: Academy of Sciences, Moscow,


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