The Brancoveanu saints and the christian spiritual values from the perspective of the traditional creative culture as a preserver of myth and symbol Cover Image
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Sfinții Brâncoveni și valorile spirituale creștine din perspectiva culturii tradiționale creatoare și păstrătoare de mit și simbol
The Brancoveanu saints and the christian spiritual values from the perspective of the traditional creative culture as a preserver of myth and symbol

Author(s): Emilia Tomescu, Iuliana Neagoş
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Sociology of Religion
Published by: ASTRA Museum
Keywords: Brancoveanu saints; traditional culture; myth; symbol; Christian martyrs;

Summary/Abstract: The Brancoveanu saints, especially Constantin Brancoveanu father and ruler of the Romanian Country (Wallachia), were great supporters of the Christian spiritual values and as a consequence they got into a conflict with the Ottoman Power. They were not only deprived of their goods and power but, in front of representatives of Western “civilized” powers/states, they were tortured and killed.Our article underlines the fact that this family, especially the six who were taken to prison in Istanbul, tortured and finally beheaded became symbols of the Romanian spiritual resistance to the attacks of the Turkish invasion ad dominance. These figures were dedicated ballads and legends which reflect the way they were valued as Christian martyrs by the Romanian traditional culture.Our article focuses on the idea that the three members of this family gave the contemporaries and the posterity a great lesson of true Christian faith and national dignity.

  • Issue Year: XXVIII/2014
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 170-175
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian