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Author Engelstein, Laura

Title Castration and the heavenly kingdom : a Russian folktale / Laura Engelstein
Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, ©1999


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 283 pages) : illustrations
Contents Myths and mysteries -- Reports and revelations -- Boundaries and betrayals -- Testimony of faith -- Light and shadow
Summary "Of the many sects that broke from the official Russian Orthodox church in the eighteenth 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 heaven's sake."" "In a feat of historical reconstruction, Laura Engelstein tells the sect's astonishing tale. She describes the horrified reactions to the sect by outsiders, including outraged bureaucrats, physicians, and theologians. More important, she allows the Skoptsy a say in defining the contours of their history and the meaning behind their sacrifice."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-275) and index
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Subject Skoptsy -- History
Christianity -- history
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501734243