Queering Age: Gender Assignment Through Beliefs and Age in Ukrainian Folklore


Alina Oprelianska (University of Tartu)

The paper aims to define the meaning of age for social status regarding beliefs people of various ages and statuses are surrounded by in traditional societies, like Ukrainian peasantry of the 19th century. Traditional society was based on the concept of marriage and childbirth. It leads to the marginalization of people, who has not approached marriageable age, were past childbearing age, or widowed. In its turn, marginalization brings in beliefs that follow and define one’s social status. The paper is based on Ukrainian ethnographic material from the 19th – beginning of the 20th century.

Part of 09-09 Gender and Belief, Saturday, October 15, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm