Why did they leave inscriptions about the "goat" on the walls of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev?

 
PIIS0869544X0017729-4-1
DOI10.31857/S0869544X0017728-3
Publication type Article
Status Published
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Occupation: Junior Research Fellow of the Faculty of History
Affiliation: State Academic University for Humanities
Address: Russian Federation,
Journal nameSlavianovedenie
EditionIssue 6
Pages99-109
Abstract

The paper studies seven Old Russian graffiti inscriptions made in the altar of the St. George's Chapel of the Kiev St. Sophia Cathedral (No 126, 127, 851, 854, 904, 927 and 1076a). They contain a call «to give my goat» or they report about a «goat». For graffiti № 927 a new version of the reading is given, аccording to which the inscription says about the matchmaking of a goat and a ram with the participation of a demon. For this entire series of graffiti, a comparison with the existing folklore and epigraphic material is presented. A conclusion is drawn about its marital and erotic semantics. A detailed extra-stratigraphic analysis of the inscriptions is presented, the result of which is the conclusion that it is necessary to date the entire graffiti complex by the sum of its features to the end of the 13th – beginning of the 14th centuries.

Keywordsgraffiti, Old Rus, epigraphy, folklore
Publication date13.12.2021
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