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Някои етноложки концепции за етнокултурните процеси в съвременното българско общество
Some Ethnological Conceptions about the Ethno-Cultural Processes in Present-day Bulgarian Society

Author(s): Ignat Minkov
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: In the article a critical review is made of some conceptions of Bulgarian ethnologists about the ethno-cultural positions of Bulgarian population turned to Islam (Bulgarian-Muslims and Bulgarian Turks) in present-day Bulgarian nation. The item of criticism is the comprehension of the specific ethnic status of Bulgarian-Muslims as a group — mediator between Bulgarian Turks an Bulgarian-Christian population. The author denies the idea of whatsoever mediacy of Bulgaria and especially of the Rhodope region between the zones of Islam and Christianity. Proceeding from the assumption that the current ethno-cultural processes in the Rhodopes are passing in the framework of the modern Bulgarian nation and common Bulgarian ethno-cultural processes which are bound to European civilization, the author maintains the point that Bulgarian-Muslims do not represent a distinct "Pomac" fraternity, but are an integral part of the entire Bulgarian ethnic and nation. The inner cultural differentiation among them is so deeply far gone that they cannot already present a homogeneous cultural entity, but on the base of a large-spectrum possibilities take part in various relationships thus being active participants in providing the up-to-date face of Bulgarian nation. There has been pointed out that he contradictions between Bulgarians and Bulgarian Turks are not just ethnic challenges, but some kind of interrelations between Bulgarian nation and its integral part — Bulgarian Turks. Therefore they can be overcome not by means of the tradition or in isolated cases of local groups, but through improving of the patterns of their cultural expression in the process of a following integration in the Bulgarian nation. On that account some anxiety has been expressed about particular negative trends in these interrelations during the last years of democratization of Bulgarian society.

  • Issue Year: 1995
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 64-78
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian