The Figures of Cyril and Methodius and Carpatho-Russian Cultural Self-Determination (Mid 19th to Early 20th Century) Cover Image
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Фигуры Кирилла и Мефодия и культурное самоопределение карпатских русинов (середина ХІХ – нач. ХХ вв.)
The Figures of Cyril and Methodius and Carpatho-Russian Cultural Self-Determination (Mid 19th to Early 20th Century)

Author(s): Margarita Zhivova
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Cultural history, Local History / Microhistory, Social history, Theology and Religion
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: This article focuses on the question how the figures of Cyril and Methodius are inscribed into Carpatho-Russian cultural and confessional self-determination during the second half of the 19th and the first quarter of the 20th centuries. The material is drawn from the almanac called „Месяцеслов для русинов краины угорской“ which is addressed to Rusyns of the Greek-Catholic confession. The purpose of the almanac, and especially of its articles with educational, cultural, historical or religious content, was to enhance Carpatho-Russian national identity. These texts offered Rusyns a model for self-affirmation, including a vision for the antiquity of their own history, religion and writing, supported by historical as well as completely legendary sources. The Slavic Apostles proved the most suitable figures for such a model. After all, Cyril and Methodius link the Eastern and Western Christian worlds and could help Carpatho-Russians negotiate their place among Byzantium, Rome, Russia, and the Western Slavs.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 59-60
  • Page Range: 56-69
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Russian