DOMESTIC RITUALS OF LENGYEL COMMUNITIES AND THEIR REFLECTION IN THE MATERIAL CULTURE

  • Pazinova, N. Beljak
Abstract:
Religious concepts, cultic practices and ideology itself feature high in the list of challenging topics of current research on prehistoric communities. Not far off is the issue of the changing role of several strangely shaped and unique pottery products in the sacral sphere of domestic rituals. In this paper I look at an unusual item – rectangular clay boxes in Slovakia and illustrate how these archaeological artefacts can be related to the cultic rituals and practices of Lengyel culture communities. The Lengyel culture is an important culture of the young central European Neolithic and the beginning of the Copper Age. It falls to the 5th millennium BC and covers a vast area in Central Europe. Here, is presented the contextual and analytical study of an exceptional Late Neolithic artefact type composed of a number of different (and mostly cubic) clay boxes of unknown functions which occur more or less frequently in individual sites of the Lengyel culture. Moreover, it is also an attempt to interpret their meaning and role in the Lengyel society. These study reveals how diverse the sizes, shapes and decorations of these items are, therefore raising questions concerning the social mechanisms used to establish change and resistance in contexts of domestic rituals. This highlights the need for greater attention to religious context and finding situations of these artifacts.
SGEM Research areas:
Year:
2016
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
Lengyel culture; sacral sphere; rectangular clay boxes/altarpieces; domestic rituals.
Volume:
16
SGEM Book title:
3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2016, Vienna Extended Session
Book number:
3.1
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
39-46
Publisher address:
51 Al. Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
06-09 April, 2016
ISBN:
978-619-7105-52-0
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2016, Vienna Extended Session, 06-09 April, 2016
DOI:
10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/HB31/S02.006
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