Душа грешная. Концепт души и греха в духовных стиха
The article analyzes contexts in which the lexeme soul is used. Three collections of spiritual verses are examined. They contain texts recorded at different time (XIX – XXI centuries), in different regions and in different milieu (oral and written). The comparison of a large number of contexts in which the word soul is a subject and an object, as well as combinations of lexeme soul with attributives demonstrates a specificity of texts in different collections, depending on the differences in their environments (the old believers – Orthodox) and oral/written form of their translation. Thus, in oral verses known in orthodox environment a soul is often endowed with "corporeality": in addition to the sins, which are usually attributed to the soul, it can take away milk from cows, crop from someone's field, drinks, eats, etc. In later verses soul may hang itself, and even not to care about its soul (sic!). The transfer of properties of a living person and sins of his body on a soul, that is beyond of an ordinary use of widespread metaphors, gives to a soul some physical characteristics, but is possible only in later texts from the oral tradition, recorded in the orthodox (non old believers) environment.