On the Problem of Hooked Cross (Svastika)

"Oko problema krsta s kukama (svastike)" - 60 godina kasnije
On the Problem of Hooked Cross (Svastika)" - 60 Years Later

Author(s): Reana Senjković
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Recent History (1900 till today), Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Hrvatsko etnološko društvo
Keywords: hooked cross; svastika; domestic folk art; Milovan Gavazzi; ethnology;

Summary/Abstract: Studying domestic folk art, inaugurated in the 1930s is still in its infancy. This assertion is born out by considering the motif of svastika, studied by Milovan Gavazzi in 1929 and 1930. Gavazzi’s model of scientific study (applied in the analysis of swastika on easter eggs), in thune with the then prevaling cultural history approach, has been reproduced and perpetuated by numerous domestic ethnologists. In the situation in which the history of social sciences recognizes theoretically and methodologically different research trends, Gavazzi’s tenets are necessarily bound to criticism. From the aspect of contemporary science, the strongest argument for disputing former interpretations of folk art is their neglect of the context of folk art manifestations.

  • Issue Year: 21/1991
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 135-150
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Croatian