ANGELŲ SAMPRATA LIETUVIŲ LIAUDIES LEGENDOSE

Solveiga Šlapikienė

Abstract


The article presents the picture of the Christian angel in a genre of Lithuanian folklore, legends. The texts in question reveal the attitude of traditional Lithuanian society to angels as acting in the divine and earthly spheres. The research and the identification of the most popular scenes have revealed that the most important features of the legendary angel are the fulfilment of God›s will, and the protection of man and his soul. The article concludes that the legends of Lithuanian peasants about the activities of angels strengthened religion, promoted behaviour according to the norms of the community, and ensured a sense of security.

KEY WORDS: angel, God’s messenger, guardian angel, folklore, legend.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/rh.v26i0.2052


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