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The photographic exhibition “The Saint Elias Friday Ilyinskaya Pyatnitsa in the The Village of Il’eshi"

Время проведения

08.08 - 01.10 2018 г.

The project “The Field Autobiography”

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Стоимость и место проведения

The photographic exhibition “The Saint Elias Friday Ilyinskaya Pyatnitsa in the The Village of Il’eshi" prepared in the frame of the project “The Field Autobiography” is based on the materials of expeditions of the research fellows of the Department of Ethnography of North-West and Baltic Regions M.L. Zasetskaya, M.A. Dokuchaeva and the RME photographer O.V. Ganicheva.  Modern negatives are supplemented by photographs of the Saint Elias Day festivities taken by the photographer A. A. Grechkin   in the village of I’eshi in 1929   during the expedition of N.F.Prytkova, the research fellow at the museum.


According the local legend, it was the Saint Elias Friday when the miraculous icon of the Saint Great Martyr Paraskeva appeared near the temple in sixteenth-seventeenth centuries. This event was the reason, why the Saint Elias Friday in the Il’eshi village became the particular feast obetnuy prazdnik followed by the main feast of the village – the Saint Elias Day. Here many popular customs related to the cult of the Saint Paraskeva conserved through centuries “in outstanding dimensions and amazing details”.


Comparing the photographic materials of two expeditions divided by the time period of 85 years one can note important differences in organization of rituals, mainly caused by destruction of cult objects (chapel, stone, birch, and  spring), existed at the place of icon appearance before 1960s. However, it makes resemblance even more striking: multitude of the church procession, arrival of pilgrims from various districts of the Leningradskaya Oblast’ and Saint Petersburg, significant number of women and children among them, festive emotional state of believers, women’s prayers near the temple walls, worship of  cross, fastened to young birch grown at the place of destroyed tree.  

 

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Kneeling down woman with ailing arms and legs turns around the  temple expecting to be cured. Il’eshi village. 1929. Photograph by A.A. Grechkin.
Kneeling down woman with ailing arms and legs turns around the temple expecting to be cured. Il’eshi village. 1929. Photograph by A.A. Grechkin.
Horse market in the Saint Elias Friday and general panorama of the Saint Nicolas Pyatnitsky Temple. Russians, Romani, Il’eshi village. 1929. Photograph by A.A. Grechkin.
Horse market in the Saint Elias Friday and general panorama of the Saint Nicolas Pyatnitsky Temple. Russians, Romani, Il’eshi village. 1929. Photograph by A.A. Grechkin.
Young Romani women near the temple wall pray to the Saint Great Martyr Paraskeva for giving them happiness, health and prosperity for them and their families.The Il’eshi Village. 2014. Photograph by O.V. Ganicheva.
Young Romani women near the temple wall pray to the Saint Great Martyr Paraskeva for giving them happiness, health and prosperity for them and their families.The Il’eshi Village. 2014. Photograph by O.V. Ganicheva.
 Young Romani women near the temple wall pray to the Saint Great Martyr Paraskeva for giving them happiness, health and prosperity for them and their families.The Il’eshi Village. 2014. Photograph by O.V. Ganicheva.
Young Romani women near the temple wall pray to the Saint Great Martyr Paraskeva for giving them happiness, health and prosperity for them and their families.The Il’eshi Village. 2014. Photograph by O.V. Ganicheva.
In 2006-2008 someone of pilgrims erected cross near young birch. Today both cross and birch has become new objects of worship among believers.
In 2006-2008 someone of pilgrims erected cross near young birch. Today both cross and birch has become new objects of worship among believers.
The priest of the Saint Nicolas Pyatnitsky Temple I father Yustinian is speaking with children of his parishioners before coming back of  the procession. Russians, Romani.
The priest of the Saint Nicolas Pyatnitsky Temple I father Yustinian is speaking with children of his parishioners before coming back of the procession. Russians, Romani.