As strong and healthy as an oak. Mythological and symbolic image of the oak in the Bulgarian language and culture Cover Image
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Да си силен и здрав като дъб. Митологичен и символен образ на дъба в българската митология
As strong and healthy as an oak. Mythological and symbolic image of the oak in the Bulgarian language and culture

Author(s): Nadezhda Nikolova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: oak; mythology; symbolism; language; linguistic culturology.

Summary/Abstract: The tree is one of the universal symbols of the spiritual culture of man. It is a symbol of the central axis joining heaven and earth; the man and his path to spiritual heights, cycle of life, death, rebirth, etc. The oak is considered a sacred tree. The paper makes an analysis of the oak in terms of linguistic culturology, i.e., the tree is considered as a symbol of health, strength, hardness, wisdom and greatness. The linguistic and mythological image of the oak associated with the folk beliefs and customs of the Bulgarians is also analyzed. Comparisons are made with other peoples and cultures.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 53-61
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian