Power of revalations: Eschatology, apocalyptic literature and millenarism

  • Milan Tomašević The Institute of Ethnography SASA Belgrade
Keywords:
eschatology, apocalyptic literature, apocalypticism, millenarism

Abstract

Paper examines social capacities of apocalyptic literature and presents some of its crucial concepts, motives and functions. It offers some of most important uptakes of end time narratives usage in a religious, but in a political and cultural context, also. Presenting apocalyptic literature as a compex genre, paper offers a view of multifunctional phenomenon that had been used by different social groups and agents. Paper portrays apocalypses as a part of revolutionary ideoloical texts and paralysing discourse of fear. By refering onto a structural liminality and prophetic method, it deconstructs way of manipulating with an apocalyptic imagination and socio-political acting. By representing main product of eschatology, as mileniarism and apocalypticism, paper offers understanding of revelations as a part of theology, teleology and philosophy of history and humankind.

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Published
2016-04-18
How to Cite
Tomašević, Milan. 2016. “Power of Revalations: Eschatology, Apocalyptic Literature and Millenarism”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 11 (1), 175–192. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/EAP.V11I1.8.