Folklore of the Karaites in Lithuania: the Yehuda Bezekowicz Manuscript from Troki, 1873

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Piotr Muchowski

Abstract

The Heb 8°3652 manuscript from the National Library of Israel is among a collection of rare manuscripts from 19th-century Lithuania containing unofficial Karaite literature. These manuscripts, including the Abkowicz 3 and JSul.I.05 manuscripts, contain a vast collection of texts relating to the practical cabbala. Some of them are typical of divination and magic literature, and many resemble parallel texts from the Cairo Geniza in their form and contents. Their presence in Karaite manuscripts is exceptional for theological reasons. The Karaite translations of these texts were presented by professor Ananiasz Zajączkowski in the inter-war period as representative evidence of Karaite folklore and folk literature. This article includes an introductory presentation of the Heb 8.3652 manuscript.

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Muchowski, P. (2014). Folklore of the Karaites in Lithuania: the Yehuda Bezekowicz Manuscript from Troki, 1873. Karaite Archives, (2), 75–89. https://doi.org/10.14746/ka.2014.2.04
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Piotr Muchowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature

is a professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (in the section of Hebrew, Aramaic and Karaite Studies). His recent research focuses on the literature of the Karaites in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His latest publication is the book Folk Literature of the Polish-Lithuanian Karaites: Abkowicz 3 Manuscript, Part 2 (Editions Suger Press, Revue Européenne des Etudes Hébraïques: Paris 2013).

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