Dragons of Summer and Winter: Lay Traditions of Jews and Christians between South and North in Medieval Europe
The Medieval-Renaissance Studies Association and the Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) at the University of Haifa, are glad to invite you to a hybrid lecture given by Dr. Tzafrir Barzilay, HCMH post-doc fellow.
"Dragons of Summer and Winter: Lay Traditions of Jews and Christians between South and North in Medieval Europe"
Water, an element essential to human life, has traditionally been imbued with spiritual significance. In medieval Europe, water played a central role in the liturgy, ritual, and customs of Christianity and Judaism. This talk will examine the idea that water sources were under a threat during liminal times, predominantly discussing the connections between the Jewish tekufah, when Jews feared the poisoning of their drinking water, and the Christian rituals around the eve of St. John the Baptist, when Christians acted to protect their water sources from dragons or demonic forces. We will see that such lay traditions took on a different form in southern and northern Europe and have transformed over time.
We hope to see you all in auditorium #146, New Library Wing, on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 12:15 (Israel time).
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88391885615