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Похитената вяра и българската национална митология
Faith Befouled and Bulgarian National Mythology

Author(s): Nikolay Aretov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: Every nation rationalizes itself through a system of images of sameness and otherness. These images, which define its identity, are involved in certain plots that can be interpreted as national mythology. One of the basic plots in Bulgarian national mythology refers to the mistreatment of faith. This motive can be found in of new martyrs’ passionals, in historical notes, folk songs and other texts. By analyzing and categorizing its numerous variants, this article tries to reconstruct the archetypal basis of this myth and its functional mechanisms and search for its context in real historical developments and processes as well as literary documents. The long-term goal is reconsidering the rhetoric of nationalistic mythological discourse, its development in time, the accents it uses and its means of operation.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 55-86
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: Bulgarian