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Ceremonial Culture in Pre-Modern Europe

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Early Rus' (East Slavs of the medieval Russian state) learned biblical stories and church history "from oral recitation in church services and from the depictions in murals and icons that occupied sanctified space" (64). Because Church Slavonic (rather than Russian vernacular) was used in liturgical settings, Flier argues, "oral communication about church teachings was less than optimal, obliging the faithful to rely even more heavily on visual representation" (64).

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