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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Sixteenth-Century Accounts of Purim Festivities

Sixteenth-Century Accounts of Purim Festivities

(p.87) Sixteenth-Century Accounts of Purim Festivities
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Hanna Węgrzynek

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers some accounts of Purim festivities in the sixteenth century. Not much is known about folk Purim festivities in Europe in the sixteenth century. It is often assumed that they developed at the turn of the century, originating from the Venice carnival and from the custom, brought by the Jews of Provence to Italy, of appointing a Purim king. These festivities evolved around masquerades. But there are neither written narratives nor artistic presentations of celebrations involving public parodies with Haman personified, jeered at, and insulted, and in no other European country were charges brought for hiring a Christian to act as Haman. Therefore, it seems plausible that the type of Purim festivities known from Sochaczew, Przemyśl, and Lutsk developed originally in the Polish lands. The chapter attempts to assess exactly when and where this happened.

Keywords:   Purim festivities, Sochaczew, Przemyśl, Lutsk, Purim rituals, Purim plays

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