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Прогноза за времето: от епичния „край на света“ до апокалипсиса днес
Weather Forecast: from the Epic “End of the Days” to the Apocalypse Today

Author(s): Lidija D. Delić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Psychology, Semiotics / Semiology, Customs / Folklore, Media studies, General Reference Works, Library and Information Science, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Metaphysics, Semiology, Logic, Political Theory, Governance, Communication studies, Sociology, History of ideas, Social history, Theology and Religion, Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Politics and communication, Politics and society, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Theory of Communication, Social psychology and group interaction, Cognitive Psychology, Social development, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation, Social Informatics, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Environmental interactions, Philology, Social Norms / Social Control, Source Material, Identity of Collectives, Rhetoric, Psychology of Religion
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: weather forecast; apocalypse; ecocriticism; anthropocene; rain

Summary/Abstract: The paper examines the folklore understanding of weather conditions, archaic conceptualization of cataclysms and contemporary newspaper/internet articles on similar topics in a comparative context. It turns out that modern civilization inherits part of the rhetorical repository and imaginary of traditional cultures when it comes to meteorological phenomena, employing them in a new context in the already recognized global “discourse of fear/intimidation” (F. Furedi, D. Altheide, P. Cap). At the same time, this rhetorical identification is seductive insofar as all its parameters (the planet has warmed since pre-industrial times, glaciers are melting, sea levels have risen, a large percentage of forests emitting oxygen have been cut down, the ozone layer and ecosystem-regulating animal species vanish, humanity has increased enormously) speak that on a global level something dramatic is happening and that we are not just witnessing another of the great resurrections of history and its (mis)use.

  • Issue Year: XLVIII/2022
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 269-284
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian