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Chthonian Spirits and Shared Shrines: The Dynamics of Place among Christians and Muslims in Anatolia

Abstract : this paper examines religious practices in and around miraculous shrines associated with the cult of Saint George/Hidrellez that has often been proposed as a typical example of syncretism in Anatolia and the Balkan region. These shared shrines are typically situated outside villages and towns, beyond the limits of territories belonging to a single religious community. Narratives -collected as ethnographic material in Istanbul today or through research in the Archives of the Asia Minor Studies centre in Athens -- help revisit notions such as "sharing" and "tolerance" as applied to relations between Muslims and Christians in late ottoman times and today.
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Maria Couroucli. Chthonian Spirits and Shared Shrines: The Dynamics of Place among Christians and Muslims in Anatolia. Glenn BOWMAN. Sharing the Sacra: the Politics and Pragmatics of Inter-communal Relations around Holy Places, Berghahn, pp.45-60, 2012. ⟨halshs-00904972⟩

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