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Title: Knowledge as a socially active substance. Our interpretations versus Others "self-interpretations"

Creator:

Zalewska, Anna

Date issued/created:

2006

Resource Type:

Article

Subtitle:

Archaeologia Polona Vol. 44 (2006)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warszawa

Description:

ill. ; 24 cm

Abstract:

This article examines the relation between knowledge of the past and the need for spiritual guidance on the part of the general public. The case study looks at how neo-pagans in our country use and abuse information about the pre-Christian world. By analysing several of the channels (leaflets, websites, performances, regulations, etc.) via which neo-pagans directly express their own positions and attitudes toward information about the past, the article shows how the dehumanized studies about pagan religion are filled with the fictive elements of neo-myth treated here as a dangerous or at least mediocre fabric which structures an awareness of history. It is argued that the side-effects of the irreverence toward the Other, as well as the duties archaeologists and historians (but also novelists, journalists, filmmakers, etc.) have in balancing knowledge and contemporary reality, deserve to be analysed and understood

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Relation:

Archaeologia Polona

Volume:

44

Start page:

203

End page:

211

Format:

application/octet-stream

Resource Identifier:

0066-5924

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P 357 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 358 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 356 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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