Roll-Call Ceremony in Bulgaria: Structure, Symbolism, Functions. 1. Basic Symbolic Acts and Ceremonial Mise-en-scène Cover Image
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Roll-Call Ceremony in Bulgaria: Structure, Symbolism, Functions. 1. Basic Symbolic Acts and Ceremonial Mise-en-scène

Author(s): Grigor Har. Grigorov
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Military history, Oral history, Political history, Modern Age, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: heroic anthropology;commemorations;public rituals;roll-call ceremony;symbolic actions;monuments héraldiques;

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyzes the symbolic layers in the major commemorative ceremony in Bulgaria – the roll-call. It is divided in two parts. The first one (Bulgarian Ethnology,2018, № 1) interprets the symbolic actions comprising the basic tools for producing ceremonial meaning: saluting and rendering military honors, ritual silence and lack of action, battle cry, ceremonial mise-en-scène (monument, guards of honor, etc.)– these are recognized as specific devices for removing symbolically the border between the living and the dead, between heroes and descendants. The second part(Bulgarian Ethnology, 2018, № 2) examines the ceremonial scenario as a prospectivelyun folding narrative – each symbolic action is interpreted as a successive move in the overall plot. This approach acknowledges that the ceremony is made up of three parts: preparatory, commemorative, and triumphal, whereas the scenario as a whole embraces the following logic: listing and honoring the heroes in the commemorative part is succeeded by their posthumous enwreathing and symbolic immortalization as stars in the night sky through the use of fireworks.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 54-76
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian