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Key words
mythological view of the world, folk symbolic creation, figurative and symbolic means of folklore
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Doctor of Philological Sciences Professor in the Department of General Linguistics Perm State Humanitarian-Pedagogical University
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The study is prepared according to Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. №18-412-590002 р_а “Funeral and memorial rites in the Russian tradition of the Northern and Southern Prikamye”.



The paper deals with traditional figurative images of death that were found in folk tradition of Perm krai. Cultural motivation and metaphoric references (death as a bird, death as an insect, death as an animal, death as an anthropomorphic being) of these images are shown. The paper also shows archaic forms of images along with their modern transformations, and describes functions of figurative framing (from euphemistic to humorous) and the role of the figurative framing in cultural tabooing of death. Images of death that were fixed in bylichkas, speakings, omens and phraseological units are used to euphemize the death, and show a traditional culture ways to adapt to the problem of mortality. It is noted that ‘unformidable’ images of death prevail amongst all images that reflect diversity of death. As opposed to spiritual verses’, death in the texts of folklore genres considered in this study appears as an object of cognition and depicturing instead of representing a threat or visitation of God. The death of fear in folklore texts is neither destructive nor threatening. The folk image of death depicts it mostly in natural forms, demonstrating traditional philosophy of life.


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