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Будима града — епос, eтнос, ерос
Budima City — Epos, Ethos, Eros

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

Summary/Abstract: This work discusses the toponym (urbonym) Budima city - a common epic centre in the South Slavic folk songs about valiant young men, which keeps up the understanding of the ethos of otherness and presents different images of that otherness. It has been assumed that the plots and motifs circulating around the toponym Budima city had taken shape as early as in the composition of the epos about valiant young men. This, however, does not preclude secondary balladic impact, or the updating of archaic layers of the folklore heritage. In obscene folklore the mythotoponym has supposedly penetrated late, after the ritual idea of the maiden city established in the wedding rituals, was correlated to the idea of Budina city as the symbol of remoteness, otherness, mysteriousness, death, west, the female principle. According to another assumption, it rather diffuses becoming part of song motifs established by tradition and giving birth to new ones, while also marking and spreading wide certain conceptions about "one's own - the others'", "close-faraway" , which were particularly necessary for the attainment of an ethnic identity. It has been generalised that the image of otherness is immanent in clhno-culture and the latter seeks its attainment by the most diverse means possible.

  • Issue Year: 2000
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 95-113
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian