RELIGION IN THE HANDS OF POLITICAL POWER: RELIGION IN SERBIA IN 1990s
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The text deals with the political situation in Serbia during the 1990s related religious changes. 1990s witnessed on one hand a growth in the influence of the Orthodox Church; on the other hand there was an expansion of various kinds of occult beliefs. During the war period and crisis, state television broadcasted programs in which prophets, diviners etc. spoke about situation in Serbia and about its future. Mostly, they favored Milosevic's regime. Conspiracy of the dark western forces plotting against Serbia was a frequent motif. The authoress tries to show how the regime used the prophets and fortune tellers for its own aims in order to manipulate the Serbian citizens. Comparing this situation with one in Slovakia she introduces possible explanations of both this situation and of the prophets' popularity among people.
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