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Тълкуването на смъртта във фолклорните речеви форми
Interpreting the concept of death in folklore speech forms

Author(s): Maria Dimitrova
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Асоциация за антропология, етнология и фолклористика ОНГЬЛ

Summary/Abstract: Each culture, including the folklore one, constructs its own picture or image of the world. This image combines certain knowledge of the world; it is a way of cognition, perception and its evaluation and achieves its realization by means of language as a system of cultural codes. The language itself, the folklore speech, implies that the relations in the social and anthropological communities are how these communities relate with otherness. This paper aims to reveal how by the means of language expressions – phraseological word groups, proverbs and sayings – one “life crisis” such as death has been disclosed/ unveiled and interpreted and how it has been inscribed in the conceptual and language picture of the world. It may be interpreted as a dream, a trip, as non-existence – the folklore speech shows the interpretation of death as a fact of the community way of life, its semantic and value dimension.