The Capital of the Past: St. Athanasius Monastery (Zlatna Livada Village, Chirpan Region) between Myth and History Cover Image
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The Capital of the Past: St. Athanasius Monastery (Zlatna Livada Village, Chirpan Region) between Myth and History
The Capital of the Past: St. Athanasius Monastery (Zlatna Livada Village, Chirpan Region) between Myth and History

Author(s): Evgenia Troeva
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Human Geography, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Political history, Social history, Middle Ages, Modern Age, Recent History (1900 till today), Comparative Studies of Religion, Religion and science , Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social development, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: myth;history;monastery;Christianity;

Summary/Abstract: The present text is dedicated to a particular case from the last ten years when a meta narrativewas created, in this sense also a memory for the past, for St. Athanasius Monastery near the village of Zlatna Livada, a monastery proclaimed to be the oldest in Europe. Its founding is attributed to one of the key figures in the history of early Christianity, St. Athanasius, which gives the cloister a specific sacred nature. The subject of the study is indicative of the role that modern means of communication play in constructing popular ideas of the past.Thus, the ‘history’ of St. Athanasius Monastery becomes grounds for national pride and self-confidence; on the one hand, it symbolizes the ‘deep roots’ of the nation and on the other hand, it lends Bulgaria a greater symbolic significance in the context of a united Europe. The narrative of this Christian cloister’s ancient past proves to be a winning formula, since it focuses and expresses the hopes and aspirations of various social actors and circles, i.e. becomes part of several projects orientated to the future.

  • Issue Year: V/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 77-94
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English