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Видения жителей Верхотурского уезда об «отставлении» матерной брани (1687–1691 гг.): исследование и тексты

С. 106-136.

The paper examines the historical context underlying a series of peasants' visions that occurred in Verkhotursky district (Western Siberia) from 1687 until 1691. Most of the apparitions involved the Mother of God giving the recipients a variety of instructions. Most often she demanded that they cease cursing. As a result of the circulation of stories about these visions, governor (voevoda) Grigory Naryshkin ordered that those who cursed be fined but later cancelled this order in 1689. The paper argues against the older understanding, that these visions constituted inventions on the part of the local officials in order to fine peasants. It also reproduces examples of  peasants' stories about the visions.