|STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA
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STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA 10, 2007
Comparison of “Slavic” pots with gender and age of the deceased
Within this study I have attempted to determine whether, in Early medieval contexts, we can or cannot trace any links between size of a pot and both gender and age of the deceased. Have Slav people offered pots within graves of their ancestors, and did these pots carry a certain magical message, maybe as a status symbol? Or does the pot rest near the deceased merely from the point of view of use in everyday life, as a private property of the dead, which he will take to “the other side”?
With the results of analysis of the volume of the pots I have answered only a few questions, but guessings, which point out interesting inhumation practices of this time, have appeared. In any case, Slavic pots, in the sense of grave off erings, did certainly have a sort of symbolic meaning.
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