Balches Arenas, R. Sergio (2015). ¿Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo? Sobre creencias y mitos populares en torno al mundo de la oscuridad: los tabúes y su realización en la lengua. In: El pueblo de Europa y su voz en el espacio cultural europeo: ¿Quién es el pueblo? – ¡Nosotros somos el pueblo!, pp. 214-248. Universität zu Köln, Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika.


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The aim of this article is to focus on the analysis of popular views on taboo words related to the world of darkness and evil. From this perspective, we will discuss how – during the period between the XIV and XVIII century – popular imagination has created a lexicon in this specific field, represented by the taboos when one of the words is used. Also, we will see how and why there is a breaking of taboos when it comes to integrating socially forbidden words as cores of idioms. To achieve this, we will give an extensive historical presentation of how the notion of evil was created in mass awareness and what are the elements that best represent it.

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Wentzlaff-Eggebert, Christianmail-aspla(at)uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Traine, Martínmail-aspla(at)uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-68343
Title of Book: El pueblo de Europa y su voz en el espacio cultural europeo: ¿Quién es el pueblo? – ¡Nosotros somos el pueblo!
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Kölner Beiträge zur Lateinamerika-Forschung
Volume: 13
Page Range: pp. 214-248
Date: 2015
Publisher: Universität zu Köln, Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika
ISSN: 1438-6887
Language: Spanish
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Zentrum für Lateinamerika
Subjects: Romance languages French
Geography and history
Uncontrolled Keywords:
oscurantismo, tabúes, lengua y magia, creencias popularesSpanish
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Refereed: No


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