Comrade Todor Zhivkov and Bulgarian Folk Culture Cover Image

Другарят Тодор Живков и българската народна култура
Comrade Todor Zhivkov and Bulgarian Folk Culture

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

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this article is to outline certain fundamental questions of Bulgarian folk culture, posed and studied in the work of the First State and Party Leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Communist Party. His views on the relations between Bulgarian folk culture and the culture of the Bulgarian socialist nation are considered, together with his formulations concerning important stages in the historical development of folk culture. The analysis which Todor Zhivkov made of the class structure of traditional folk culture is set forth, one on which he based his definition of its place in Bulgarian society today. In connection with this appraisal of folk culture, Todor Zhivkov's contribution in overcoming the nihilistic attitude towards it is outlined, together with the way in which he has worked out the relationship between the 'national' and the 'international' in the sphere of the people's cultural creativity. Among the general questions of folk culture, considered by Zhivkov, his contribution in elucidating the functions of folk culture in the socialist present is emphasized. The second part of the article considers Todor Zhivkov's attitude to individual sections of material and spiritual folk culture. These are, above all, questions and problems, connected with the heritage of architecture and construction, the system of customs, feasts and rituals, the folk art of singing and dancing, folk medicine, etc

  • Issue Year: 1981
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 3-21
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian