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За яйцето в българската народна космогония
On the Egg in Bulgarian Folk Cosmogony

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

Summary/Abstract: Some cosmogonic ideas connected with the egg and reflected in Bulgarian folklore are presented, analyzed and made certain generalizations about in this article. The material investigated comprises oral and song folklore for, and performed by children, some folk notions and beliefs about the fundamental celestial bodies – the sun, the moon, some constellations, as well as the earth as part of the universe. An emphasis is also put on some notions related to the parts and the structure of the egg, in accordance to which it has been given meaning as a peculiar micromodel of the universe. The author notes in conclusion that the egg-related cosmogonic ideas in Bulgarian folklore reflect some folk views about the origin, structure and nature of the universe, and they also lead us to the original of the Easter egg in particular.

  • Issue Year: VII/1981
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 44-51
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian