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Октомврийската революция и българската етнокултурна система (1917- 1944)
The October Revolution and the Bulgarian etho-cultural system (1917-1944)

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

Summary/Abstract: This article is the first attempt in Bulgarian ethnographic literature at studying the influence of the October Revolution. The reasons owing to which the problem has never so far been the subject of ethnographic studies are considered: the undeveloped state of the ethnography of political life and the as yet inconsistent approach to the ethnocultural system as a historical category. The scientific and theoretical formulations, which provided grounds for the "regularity" of the ethnographic study of the influence of the October Revolution, are reduced to three basic theses: interpretation of folk culture as one conditioned by the formative structures; the international importance of the separate stages in the revolution; "the national" as a form of manifesting "the international". The periodization of influence in the two periods bounded by the victory of the "Bulgarian October" is substantiated. In the first period the influence of October was outlined in three spheres: the changes which set in in the folk-psychological characterization of the Bulgarian proletariat and the other working strata under the stimulating influence of the historical process of the revolution; the role of the culture, being built up in the USSR, as a "standard" as regards the ethnically differentiated folk cultures of the socialist countries; the appearance and development of the Day of the October Revolution in the Bulgarian festive system. Its development is studied as an element of the proletarian festive system with its specific ritual composition and actions. The stages in the development of the feast and the changes which set in in it after September 9, 1944, are indicated.

  • Issue Year: 1987
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-16
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian