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Ценността на дара или стойността на подаръка
The Value of the Gift or the Price of the Present

Author(s): Petia Bankova
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Customs / Folklore, Human Geography, Oral history, Social history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Educational Psychology, Social Theory, Family and social welfare, Sociology of Culture, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Social Norms / Social Control, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: gift;endowment;ritual;birth rites;tradition;modernity;family;

Summary/Abstract: The article presents and discusses a widely spread in the past and practiced inpresent day rite associated with the birth of the child. On one hand it draws its datafrom ethnographic sources (archival, literary and personally collected field material),presenting the custom in its traditional version, and on the other – on research conductedthrough the method of participant observation and semi-structured interviewsduring contemporary manifestations of this custom. Analyzing specific ritual elementsand focusing on gifts/presents received by the child, the author develops theidea that this custom gradually loses its characteristics as a rite of passage. Furthermore,the lack of information or its laic presentation and interpretation has resultedin the development and approbation of a „scenario“ of the custom, which leads to aprocess of deritualization and transformation so this custom becomes primarily a festivemoment, a party, a visit, an occasion for gatherings of people who, through theirpresence and especially through their gifts, support the new-born and his/her family.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 356-373
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian