MAIASK. 2018. No. 10

V.V. Stepkin (Pavlovsk, Russia)

CAVE DIGGING NEAR THE MALAYA ZNAMENKA VILLAGE OF TAURIDA GOVERNORATE IN 1870s

DOI: 10.24411/2219-8857-2018-00010

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The source, revealing manifestation of peasants mentality, is published and analyzed in the article by the example of the cave functioning near the village of Malaya Znamenka of Kamenskaya volost in Melitopol parish of Taurida Governorate. This is the case About peasant Zagvozdkin who dug prayer caves in his garden by desire of a starets seen in his sleepof conducted from June 27th to September 12th of 1874 by the Synod, and kept in the Russian State Historical Archive. Urgency of the commented article is in the fact that it introduces new materials on the development of cave digging tradition in the Tavricheskaya province in the Synodal period of the Russian Orthodox Church. This allows to extend the timeframe of the cult caves existence in the region concerned and to mark the ways of cave digging folk tradition.

Key words: Cave digging, Taurida Governorate, Malaya Znamenka, Kamenka-Dneprovskaya, Nikifor Zagvozdkin, the Russian Orthodox Church, Folk Orthodoxy.

Received December 01, 2018
Accepted for publication December 22, 2018

About the author:

Stepkin Vitaly Victorovich (Pavlovsk, Russia). Candidate of Historical Sciences, History teacher, Municipal Budgetary General Education Institution Pavlovsk Secondary School with Enhanced Coverage of Certain Subjects

E-mail: archeolog@mail.ru