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Singing the Right WayOrthodox Christians and Secular Enchantment in Estonia$
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Jeffers Engelhardt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199332120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199332120.001.0001

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Orthodoxy in Estonia, Estonian Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy in Estonia, Estonian Orthodoxy

(p.21) Chapter 1 Orthodoxy in Estonia, Estonian Orthodoxy
Singing the Right Way

Jeffers Engelhardt

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out histories and discourses of Orthodoxy in Estonia and Estonian Orthodoxy (which are not the same thing) to show what Orthodoxy meant in society and how its secular enchantments were dynamic and varied. At stake in these histories and discourses are ideas about Europeanness, Finno-Ugricness, and Estonianness; post-Soviet politics of memory; different understandings of religious authenticity; and the frictions of secularity and nationalist ideologies. The chapter covers the origins of Estonian Orthodoxy in nineteenth-century peasant conversions in the Baltics, the Estonian national movement within the imperial Russian Orthodox Church, the emergence of an autonomous Orthodox Church of Estonia in the 1920s, the transformation of religious life and institutions during the Soviet period, and the post-Soviet renewal of the autonomous church. This chapter also outlines the ideological and cultural meanings of Orthodox Christianity historically and in contemporary Estonian society.

Keywords:   Orthodox Christianity, Estonia, history, Finno-Ugric, Russia, Soviet, post-Soviet, nationalism, religion, Baltics

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