The Milky Way in the Cosmic and Ritual Space Cover Image

Млечният път в космическото и обредното пространство
The Milky Way in the Cosmic and Ritual Space

Author(s): Nikolay Sivkov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, History of Church(es), Agriculture, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Environmental Geography, Metaphysics, Semiology, Social Philosophy, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Social history, Theology and Religion, Religion and science , Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Individual Psychology, Social psychology and group interaction, Psychology of Self, Methodology and research technology, Social Theory, Family and social welfare, Sociology of Culture, Eastern Orthodoxy, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Socio-Economic Research, Sociology of Religion, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: folklore;ethnography;ethnology;road;milky way;traditional culture;Christmas;astronomy;

Summary/Abstract: In the folklore of many peoples, the luminous bodies and phenomena are related tothe traditional concepts of the world structure. In the Bulgarian popular astronomythe Milky Way is seen as a Straw Road. The folklore texts present the “road” as both aborder and a bond between the “own” and the “alien” space, between the earthly andthe “divine” world. It is a process of movement in the mythological space but it couldalso be a place where the worlds in this space meet. Such development of the conceptof the “road” in the Bulgarian popular tradition is related to liminal rituals typical ofcalendar festivals including Christmas.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 14-23
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian