Vaimud, tulnukad ja Slenderman: üleloomulikud kogemused tanapaeva õpilasparimuses
SPIRITS, ALIENS, AND SLENDERMAN: SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCES IN TODAY’S SCHOOL LORE
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The article concentrates on mapping continuities and changes in the contemporary Estonian school lore about experiences with supernatural beings: main characters, fears, and emotions connected with such supernatural beliefs as well as supernatural protective mechanisms are highlighted. One of the central topics of the article is cultural and linguistic loans (e.g. international newcomers like the Slenderman) and their sources (e.g. films, computer games, narrative folklore). I also investigate the interactions of fantasy and real life, believing and non-believing in schoolchildren’s memorates. The article is mainly based on materials that have been collected from schoolchildren since 1992, but I also draw parallels with traditional older folklore.
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