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Master of Science (MS)
Lisa Gabbert Afsane Rezaei Claudia Schwabe
Folklorists study the active rituals between humans and deities, as well as the inactive participation between them in narrative. However, they do not study the active participation that comes in the form of video games between them, though with shifts in society, this new way of engaging through digital forms is widespread and accessible. In my research, I studied Russian and Japanese tree spirits in a variety of video games to understand this new form of engagement with ancient deities. These video games are Okami, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Black Book, and The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Through the lens of original context and the folkloresque, I use the concepts of recontextualization and traditionalization to explain why video games are the best modern format to engage with ancient deities through world-building, active player engagement, and deity representations.
Ziegler, Alexandria, "Making the Old New: The Recontextualization and Traditionalization of Tree Spirits in Video Games" (2022). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1631.
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