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The paper deals with human cultural stereotypes embedded in mythological consciousness, which have influenced the formation of fear of vaccination against COVID-19. The material was collected in Ukraine in the period September 2021 – to January 2022. By analysing oral narratives and comments from social media users, the authors demonstrate the cultural mechanisms of fear of vaccination, in particular fear of death and fear of metamorphosis, and the ways to overcome them.
Numerous memes, anecdotes, and jokes that people read and share on social media or tell each other became the way of overcoming collective fear. Not only oral tradition but also social media can be a source for studying cultural stereotypes today. A folkloristic and culturally anthropological perspective on the fear of vaccination allows us to trace folkloristic phenomena back to our everyday lives and to see folklore as a living, dynamic process that has become part of human culture.
Keywords: contemporary folklore


Contemporary folklore, cultural stereotypes, covid-19 vaccination, internet folklore, mythologisation of disease, urban legend.

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