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Witnessing the Revived Sacredness

On the baroque altar of the Basilica of Visitation in Trakai, we can see the picture of Our Lady of Trakai. It is the oldest venerated picture in Lithuania. The first pilgrimage in the history of this country was organized…

From sacred sites to story-places: a phenomenological approach

Andrius Kaniava, Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore Places are being re-storied all the time. It happens on a very small and intimate scale such as new personal memories or with the specific meanings people attach to a place in…

Some approaches to the sacred places in Estonia

What is the meaning of the natural sacred places? How should we approach them? When and how should we use them? This is the question often asked in relation to the public debate over natural sacred places in Estonia such as sacred groves, cultic stones, sacred trees, which sometimes have very few context in public knowledge.

Goddess Temples in North Eastern India

Additional reading Valk, Ülo (2020). Goddess Temples in North Eastern India: Overcoming Narrative Distance in Place-Lore. In: M. Mani Meitei, R. K. Dhawan (eds.). Folklore Studies: Local and Global (125−138). New Delhi: Prestige Books International. Valk, Ülo (2017). Shrines, stones,…