Rediscovery of the 'Reality' of Magic: The Revival of Magic in Post-Socialist Russia

in Inner Asia
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Abstract

This paper focuses on the revival of magic in post-socialist Russia. In socialist times, atheistic propaganda that insisted religions and magic are unworthy of belief was widespread and scientific knowledge was widely promoted. Therefore a majority of people came to consider magic only a 'superstition'. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a movement to revive magic began. During fieldwork in the years 2002–2006, the author heard from some people such narratives as, 'Before, because I was a member of the communist organisation, I never believed in magic at all. I believe in it now, though'. In this paper I discuss what kinds of discourse about the 'reality' of magic exist in contemporary Russian society and how they are tied to the memory of the atheistic policy.

Rediscovery of the 'Reality' of Magic: The Revival of Magic in Post-Socialist Russia

in Inner Asia

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