Metaphorics of Religious and Para-Religious Discourses of the Stalin Myth
A. M. Prilutskii, R. V. Svetlov
This article analyzes the specifics of metaphorical structure of the Stalin myth. The «Stalin myth» is defined by the authors in terms of religious-semiotic approach as a specific narrative appealing to the quasi-religious motives of Stalin’s actions, or assuming the existence of irrational consequences of real or alleged Stalin’s actions. Using contemporary religious and para-religious texts the authors analyze specifics of conceptual, structural and ontological metaphors, which together form the metaphorical structure of Stalin mythological discourse. The authors believe that heavy use of metaphors in Stalin mythological narrative is aimed at protective purposes, as enables adepts to escape accuses of heresy and Christian concepts misinterpretation. Specifics of metaphorical hermeneutics makes Stalin myth metaphors solid as well as popular among some orthodox Christians.
Stalin myth, metaphor, metaphorical structure, liturgical text, myth hermeneutics