ANDROGYNY OF HOUSE SPIRITS: GENDER SPECIFIC OF KHATNYK, DOMOVYKJournal: Young Scientist (Vol.5, No. 3)
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
Authors : Oprelianska A.O.;
Page : 336-339
Keywords : androgyny; gender studies; house spirits; binary gender; khatnyk; domovyk.;
The article is aimed at studying the gender specific nature of the image of khatnyk/domovyk (a protective house spirit). An overview of the rituals and beliefs concerning house spirits is provided. The genesis of khatnyk/domovyk is examined as well as his connection with the ancient gods, the earthly and the heavenly fire. Feminine and masculine features in the image of khatnyk/domovyk are studied. The category of androgyny is viewed as a characteristic feature of the primal forefather gods related to the image of khatnyk/domovyk.
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