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Narrated Worlds of Belief

You are warmly welcome to participate in the symposium Narrated Worlds of Belief" dedicated to the 70th birthday of Hungarian folklorist and ethnologist Mihály Hoppál, eminent scholar of Eurasian shamanism, to be held on Friday, November 16th in the Estonian Literary Museum (Tartu, Vanemuise 42).

Programme of the symposium

Mihály Hoppál - The Eurasia Concept: Myth and Reality
Ülo Valk - The Land of Dismembered Goddess: Notes on Place-Lore in Assam
Merili Metsvahi - Relationships between the brother and sister in Estonian and Karelian folk tales
Hasso Krull - Sister's Metamorphoses: Shamanism with Animism

Lunch break

Ergo-Hart Västrik - How to portrait Votian nature spirits?
Judit Kis-Halas - Inherited objects - hereditary power. Persistence and change of a divinatory healing ritual
Liivo Niglas, Eva Toulouze - Studying religion through an individual: reflections on Yuri Vella's spiritual practice
Mare Kõiva - The Witch of Äksi - Portrait of a Witch from Local Impressions

Symposium will be followed by the reception.
Organizers: Estonian Literary Museum and University of Tartu in cooperation with Estonian Society for the Study of Religions and Academic Folklore Society.

More information: Mare Kõiva, Estonian Literary Museum, phone +372 7377 740, e-mail

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