Religion played a central role in the everyday life in Post-Kievan Rus’. The church was still what bound the people together in a very much separated society. Much of what was happening with pop culture in this time was directly affected by the church.
During this time, the provisions of wills was distributed by the church due to the fact writing was not wide spread. It is seen in the last will of Patrikei Stroev, that church plays a big part in the will itself. The first line reads, “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” (KM 130), showing that this is a religious document from the very first line. Later on in the will we see that he donates an entire village and three beehives to the Holy Trinity monastery (KM 130).
The church was also very critical of minstrels. These groups of entertainers were able, “to flourish in the northwest…” (KM 135), where Novgorod was located. However, the northeast proved to be tough for the minstrels as the church capital and Grand Prince lived in Moscow. The prince strictly forbids any minstrels to enter any land belonging to the monastery (KM 135). To the church these entertainers demonstrate satanic rituals and witchcraft.
Literature and art were extremely influenced by religion and some cases they really had a monopoly over both. Icon painting became very popular as seen with the development of schools specifically for painting icons. Andrew Rublev became famous with icon works such as, the Old Testament Holy Trinity, that were created for the church (RS 121). Church literature was being developed on a considerable scale as well (RS 116). The teachings of saints was also an important educational tool being used at the time.
Did the involvement of the church in pop culture have a more negative or positive effect for Post-Kievan Rus’?