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Елементи от религиозно-митологическия комплекс на славяните
Elements from the Religious-Mythological Complex of the Slavs

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

Summary/Abstract: The author examines the Slavic religious mythological concepts and beliefs in the spiritual culture of Bulgarians with a method, applied by him in the study of the religious-mythological complex of the proto-Bulgarians. It consists in reconstruction through a system of binary oppositions. As a model he uses the scheme, offered by V. V. Ivanov and V. N. Toporov in their book “The Slavic Linguistic Patterning Semiotic Systems”. The following basic oppositions are proposed and supported on the basis of concrete folklore material: happiness—misfortune, life—death, even—odd, right—left, up—down, sky—Earth, Earth—underworld, East—West, South—North, dry land—water, day—night, New Year—old year, sun—moon, light colour—dark colour (white—black, red—black), water—land, one’s own—somebody else’s, home—mountain, male—female, senior—junior, chief—not main.

  • Issue Year: VIII/1982
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 13-23
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian
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