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Пътят на чудотворния кръст на св. Йоан Владимир към планината Румия и гр. Бар (Черна гора)
The Road of the Miraculous Cross of St. John Vladimir to the Rumija Mountains and the Town of Bar (Montenegro)

Author(s): Malina Stamatova
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, Visual Arts, Ethnohistory, Oral history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Ethnic Minorities Studies, Sociology of Art, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: St. John Vladimir Church in the town of Bar; Montenegro; relics of the saint; Vladimir’s Cross; Amphilochius; Archbishop of Cetinje; pilgrimage; the Rumija Mountains

Summary/Abstract: The reason for this article is the millennial anniversary of the Holy Martyr John Vladimir’s death and the activities of Amphilochius, Archbishop of Cetinje, as a representative of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of Montenegro. The diplomacy of the Montenegrin bishop and his personal prestige made possible the implementation of large-scale projects for restoration of the Orthodox churches on the territory of Montenegro and today’s independent Republic of Kosovo. The problem of the origin, the place of the assassination and the burial of Duklja’s prince, St. John Vladimir, is located on the territory of three countries – Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. Today, folklore legends and the practice of pilgrimage to the relics are still preserved in the first two countries. In Montenegro, incrusted in a bigger cross, is the “Miraculous Cross” of the prince which he held in his hands while being slain. Every year a procession with the cross is held which ascends the Rumija Mountains on the feast of the Holy Trinity – to the top of a ridge where, according to the legend, once there was a church destroyed by the Turks. The aim of the article is to examine the local cult of the prince-martyr in Southern Montenegro and the new sacred topoi proceeding from the reconstruction of the memory of him: the Holy Trinity Church in the Rumija Mountains and the newly-built Church of St. John Vladimir in Bar.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 122-142
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Bulgarian