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Stratum plus. 2005-2009. №2

S. V. Ivanova (Odessa, Ukraine)

Between the Life and Death: Ideas about the Structure of Mythic and Ritual Space

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Pages: 325-343

The article is devoted to the consideration of some traits of the burial rite of the Pit-grave culture in the context of mythological and religious representations of ancient population in the Early Bronze Age. According to distribution of burials in the body of a kurgan it can be assumed that such a spatial organization represents a spiral which is closely linked to ideas of life, death and regeneration. Additionally, the position of the dead in the grave can reflect similar ideas since it can be considered not as static one but rather a dynamic motion symbolizing a jump or transition from this world to the world of ancestors.


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