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Асеновград: споделено различие и диалогични отношения
Assenovgrad - Shared Difference and Dialogical Relations

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

Summary/Abstract: Assenovgrad is known for the long-lasting co-existence of different ethnic and confessional communities. Its present population is a result of several migration waves during the 20-th century. The town offers interesting observations on the processes and mechanisms of identification of the present inhabitants by means of cultural realia, cultural events, culturally marked places, connected to the old population, to a past, in which they have no roots. The article follows the emblems in the description of the town, shared and expressed by its inhabitants. They are connected to the geographical situation and the natural resources, to characteristic branches of production, to the peculiarities of the population and the interrelations between the inhabitants, to objects and images of the cultural heritage. The differences are viewed in cultural images, in situations, when they are expressed by substitution, in relation of subordination or neutrality. The conclusion is that in interaction and self-nomination the religious characteristic is more relevant than the ethic one. The cultural specificity of the ethnic communities is expressed through their religious affiliation and religious holiday system and is bound for each group with emblematic manifestations. Aspects of dialogical relations between the different communities are viewed: mutual aid in everyday life, good cultural competence about the others, sharing the own holiday with others, cultural borrowings, common holidays.

  • Issue Year: XXX/2004
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 5-21
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian