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Issues of Theory and Practice
. Tambov: Gramota, 2016. 1. P. 109-112.
SCIENTIFIC AREA: Philosophical Sciences
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RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM IN POPULAR CULTURE: POLYSEMANTIC NATURE OF TREE IMAGE

Mikhel'son Ol'ga Konstantinovna, Polyakov Nikolai Stanislavovich, Timchenko Kseniya Petrovna
Saint Petersburg State University


Abstract. Popular culture widely uses many religious symbols, and tree image is not an exception. In modern cinematograph, fantasy literature and computer role-playing games the semantics of trees is multi-dimensional and the sign row represented by this image is similar to the tree symbolism typical for religious traditions. Tree functions as a world axis binding together different strata of existence, and not only spatial but also temporal, integrates micro- and macrocosm, embodies revival, life and vegetation, the relation of a human being and nature, carries moral aspect.
Key words and phrases: , , , , , World Tree, Tree of Life, religion and cinematograph, religion and fantasy, religion in computer role-playing games.
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