Religiniai pasakojimai ir legendos apie Barborą Umiastauskaitę- Žagarietę
Barbora Žagarietė (Umiastauskaitė)
Religious stories and legends
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AbstractThe article analyses religious narratives and legends about Barbora Umiastauskaitė-Žagarietė (1628–1648) – a national saint, and the miracles, which were received with her intercession. The main source of the work is the empiric material gathered by expeditions in 2006–2007 dedicated to the process of Barbora Žagarietė’s beatification case. The work discusses the problem of identification of the genre of religious narratives and legends, analyses previous sources and research related to religious narratives and legends about the personality of Barbora Žagarietė as well as systemic and generalised data of expeditions in the northern Lithuania and Latvia (Duobele district). The article reveals that religious narratives about Barbora Žagarietė were determined by actual phenomena – the personality of Barbora Umiastauskaitė, who was a 17th century landlady from the district of Zemgale, as well as her devotional life and specific events after her death evidencing her beatification. Religious narratives can be assessed and interpreted as a historical and religious document evidencing national worldviews. Modern religious narratives and legends manifest the simple, intimate relationship between the informant and Barbora Žagarietė, reflecting, interpreting and evaluating an individual religious experience. The discussed religious narratives convey the wealth of collective memory: value orientations, folk religious attitudes, national character peculiarities, religious, national and cultural peculiarities of the region of Zemgale.