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Структура и особености на еркечката сватба според музическите дейности
The Structure and Features of Wedding Rituals from Erkech with Respect to „Muse” Activities

Author(s): Goritza Naydenova
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article addresses some issues related to the wedding rituals in the village of Kozichino (Erkech), near Bourgas, including the common musical material used in both wedding and calendrical cycle rituals, as well as the interdependence of “muse” (i.e. artistic-ritual) activities (or the lack of them) of each of the rite’s personages by virtue of his/her belonging to a particular age or social group status. The article attempts to disclose the structure of the wedding cycle through analyzing the place of music in it – a tripartite division is made in the macro-structure of the wedding and at the lower structural levels of structuring, despite some lack of synchronicity between culmination points, as well as reversals on different levels. Another topic addressed in this article is the specific placement of female and male fields in the wedding (here we are not speaking on the mythical or individual level, but rather about the level of kindred and social roles). The author argues that the groom’s kin mobilizes all available resources in order to conquer and inseminate the female-earth. The bifurcation of the musical text into a male (instrumental) and female (singing) is an element of this process, as is the encompassing of the whole spectrum of “muse” activities.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 83-100
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian