“Slavo-Bulgarian history” and St Paisij of Hilandar: A bridge in the memory for the first Bulgarian saint recognized in Europe – king St Trivelij (The Cover Image
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„История славянобългарска“ и преп. Паисий Хилендарски – мост в паметта за първия български светец, признат в Европа – св. Крал Тривелий (Теоктист)
“Slavo-Bulgarian history” and St Paisij of Hilandar: A bridge in the memory for the first Bulgarian saint recognized in Europe – king St Trivelij (The

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

Summary/Abstract: Much has been written about the importance of “Slavo-Bulgarian History” by Paisij of Hilandar for Bulgarian Revival and culture. Nevertheless, some of his ideas and historical information have been neglected and many researchers view his History as a political pamphlet rather than a historical study. Paisij compensated his lack of special education in history by full dedication to his endeavor and as a matter of fact he had access to many documents, some of which even today are not fully accessible for historians. There are still unexplored documents in monastic libraries of Mount Athos. Thus, Paisij was familiar with the story about the Bulgarian ruler Tervel (Trivelij in his book). On August 15, 718 the “thrice great” ruler of the Bulgarians Tervel saved Constantinople and the Eastern Roman Empire and Christian Europe from the Arab invasion and that is why he was praised as one of the patrons of Europe. Christendom with deep gratitude perpetuates the holy fi ght of the Bulgarian king and the Church canonized him. Paisij of Hilandar included Trivelij in his book. He brought it to the Bulgarian lands and it was disseminated by copying by hand. Thus, St. Trivelij was included in the iconographic programs of some Bulgarian churches and monasteries, such as in the Zographou Monastery, Rila Monastery, Troyan Monastery, Monastery of the Transfi guration, Belyo’s Church in Samokov, Theotokos Church in Panagyurishte, in the church near the village of Lozen, the church in Staro selo, the church in the village of Dren, and several others.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 285-295
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian