Semantic of numeration: concept «pershyi»/«first» in mythological opinions of Ukrainians (on materials of healing spells)

A. Temchenko

Abstract


The article deals with analysis of some aspects of mythology of counting. The author pays his attention to such mythical texts as spells include invisible objects or physical bodies that serve as a method of regulation and correction order. The author accents on the conception of the «first», that is on the head of mythical hierarchy of numbers. The «first» is also a symbol of power, influence. The meaning of the «first» is often compared with temporary, space and social paradigms and with persons of consequence of pagan pantheon and Christian saints. The symbolic of the «first» as the most powerful is often used with numerous the «one». The using of the structural form of the «first» means permanent renovation of counting. The semantic meaning of the first in this case has a broad numerous meaning because the «first» is not only the starting point. The author comes to the conclusion that first is also a top of mythical meanings. The mythic symbol of the first means something that is created by higher powers. But the «first» is not Creator but the first is associated with ancestor, forefather.

Keywords


mythology; semantic; healing spells; number

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