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Nikos Chausidis:

The Mythologized Th rashing Floor in the Slavic Traditional Culture - II


In this part special place is given to the “Myth of the Metallic (Copper / Bronze) Th reshing Floor”, present in the toponyms, legends, magical stories and in the mediaeval apocrypal texts. It contains analyses of the next mythical elements: the metallic components (threshing fl oor, castle, fi eld, plants, food …); the connection between the mythical threshing fl oor and the cosmological myths about the fi rst mountain; the relation between the “metallic threshing fl oor” and the “metallic shrine”. The similarity between the threshing fl oor and one type of the Slavic pagan shrines with circular form, and the representation of the threshing fl oor on the ritual loaves from the 19th century are also discussed. Elaboration is given to the chthonic and “outer world” location of the metallic threshing fl oor, and the basic actions that take place on it: the fi ght between the hero and the dragon; the holy marriage between the hero (=sky / cosmic axis) and the Earth, (=ground upon which the threshing fl oor lies).

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