Verbal Charms from a Seventeenth-Century Manuscript

Pp. 42-54

  • Andrei Toporkov
Keywords: Russian charms, manuscripts, 17th century, Karelian-Vepsian language


The article publishes nine Russian magical texts translated into English. All of them are taken from the Olonets Codex, a collection of charms dating back to approximately the second quarter of the 17th century. The collection of charms found in the Olonets Codex is unparalleled both in its scope and in its thematic diversity – not only for the seventeenth century, but perhaps within the whole corpus of Russian charm manuscripts.