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Погребения на видни политици и общественици с бесарабски произход
Funerals of Eminent Politicians and Public Figures of Bessarabian Origin

Author(s): Valentina Vaseva
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: Over the years following Bulgaria’s Liberation from Ottoman domination (1878), the country’s political, public and cultural life saw the activism of many eminent figures that came from the circles of Bulgarian immigrants to Bessarabia. A lot of them had taken part in Bulgarian people’s struggle for liberation and in the Russo-Turkish war of 1878, and after the Liberation, they settled permanently in their mother land and participated actively in the life of the reestablished Bulgarian Principality. For this reason, many of them passed away in Sofia, and their funerals were organized by Bulgarian institutions. The eminent Bessarabian Bulgarians were accompanied to their last resting place by public figures and the citizens of Sofia, who were active participants in mourning ceremonies in the capital city. The article views the funerals of eminent figures of Bessarabian origin in the first decades after the Liberation as an integral part of the funeral culture in Bulgarian towns, which retained certain features of the Revival period urban culture, but also rapidly became institutionalized and acquired European and more universal features characteristic of the Modern times. A special focus is put on the funerals of politician Dimitar Grekov (1901), the Dorostol-Cherven bishop Grigoriy (1898), historian Prof. Dimitar Agura (1911) and his cousin General Georgi Agura (1915).

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 52-65
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian