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СЪВРЕМЕННИ ПОКЛОННИЧЕСТВА НА БЪЛГАРИ В РУМЪНИЯ
CONTEMPORARY PILGRIMAGES OF BULGARIANS IN ROMANIA

Author(s): Evgenia Troeva, Valentina Vaseva
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Oral history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Special Historiographies:, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Post-Communist Transformation, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Pilgrimages; Bulgarians; Romania; post-socialist religiosity.

Summary/Abstract: The paper presents observations on the pilgrimage of Bulgarians in Romania. On the one hand, the research interest focuses on pilgrimages of representatives of the Bulgarian communities in Romania to famous monasteries and churches in the country. At the same time, the tendencies in the crossborder pilgrimages of Bulgarians from Bulgaria visiting churches and monasteries in neighbouring Romania are presented. Personal observations and field interviews, as well as materials in the media on the topic under consideration, are used as source material. Bulgarians visit in Romania religious topoi popular among the Christians, especially places related to Bulgarian history. In this sense, these pilgrimages are an expression of religious feelings and of national identity. Observations on pilgrimage as a religious practice show that this traditional form offers to believers meaningful messages for their spiritual world and social life.

  • Issue Year: 8/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 82-95
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian