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Why Ugala in Viljandi?

Author(s): Taavi Pae
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: SA Kultuurileht
Keywords: Ugala theatre; Ugandi; Friedrich Kuhlbars; Sakala; Estonian

Summary/Abstract: Name selection for the theatre Ugala, established in 1920 in Viljandi, is discussed. Notably, unlike the numerous institutions of the County of Viljandi, which take their name after Sakala as the ancient name of the county, the theatre seems to bear the name of the neighbouring county (Ugandi/Ugala). As tradition goes the name was given to the theatre by F. Kuhlbars, while it is a blend of the names of two ancient South-Estonian provinces. A closer look reveals that the name originates just in the ancient name of the neighbouring county, while the background of naming is characterized by various intrigues. Most likely the name was indeed suggested by F. Kuhlbars, as a name that would stand out among the rest of the county’s institutions. His idea was, however, criticized for sounding derogatory as it meant people suffering from a speech disorder. The article also gives a survey of the etymology, meaning and use of the name Ugala/Ugandi.

  • Issue Year: LI/2008
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 879-884
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: Estonian