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Естетическа функция на магията в словесния фолклор
The Aesthetic Function of Magic in Oral Folklore

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

Summary/Abstract: The magic words, formulas and incantations, perpetuated by the oral folklore tradi¬tion, have both a magic and an aesthetic function. The ratio between these functions changes. The aesthetic rendition of the magic develops from the immanent aesthetic foundations of language and of magic, whereby the magic elements often acquire aesthetic independence in folklore. In the oral tradition, magic is present as a cteative principle within the wide range of structuring of speech: from the combination of phonemes to the highest levels of organisation of the text. In the magic recreation of the objects, language makes use of the logic of tropes, relying on the intricate paradigmatic coding used in traditional cuiture. Any change in the text or context of the magical action in the oral tradition changes likewise the relationship between its functions. Along with the increasingly more aesthetic recreation of certain words, phrases and patterns, what is also per¬petuated in the folklore text is idea of their magic significance.

  • Issue Year: 1997
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 96-103
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian