Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folktale Laura Engelstein

ISBN: 9780801436765

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Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folktale  by  Laura Engelstein

Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folktale by Laura Engelstein
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Of the many sects that broke from the official Russian Orthodox church in the 18th century, one was universally despised. Its members were peasants from the Russian heartland skilled in the arts of animal husbandry who turned their knives onMoreOf the many sects that broke from the official Russian Orthodox church in the 18th century, one was universally despised. Its members were peasants from the Russian heartland skilled in the arts of animal husbandry who turned their knives on themselves to become eunuchs for the kingdom of heavens sake.

Convinced that salvation came only with the literal excision of the instruments of sin, they were known as Skoptsy (the self-castrated). Their community thrived well into the 20th century, when it was destroyed in the Stalinist Terror.



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