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За сакралните топоси във фолклорната история
On Sacral Topoi in Folk History

Author(s): Vladimir Demirev
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The present text is an attempt to discuss a systematic regional variant of sacred topography, as well as its conceptualization in local folk history and spatial organization. Basing itself on data from the region of Sliven, the article outlines the substantial role of sacred topoi in folk history and their function as organizing nuclei in local, regional and ethnic space. Different manifestations of the sacred topoi in folk legends (about "the monastery", the healing mineral spring, the church, the treasure, the holy mountain, the tekke, etc.) are followed and investigated and their place in the general cultural context is outlined. The article points out also their role in the local feast calendar, the traditions to visit them and to perform ritual activities, and the mentioning of hajduks' and hidden king's treasures in legends. Sacred topoi are analyzed thus as carriers of multiple layers of information (cultural, historical, religious, etc.) and as catalysts in the processes connected with maintaining ethnic consciousness and communal identity. As essential space markers they participate actively in the organization of space, as well as in its ethnic reclaiming and sacralization.

  • Issue Year: XXXIII/2007
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 7-17
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian