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Das Нежит-Amulett von Кърджали und die rekontruktion seines Textes
The Nejit-amulet from Kyrdjali and the reconstruction of its context

Author(s): Ulrich Schweier
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Applied Linguistics, Comparative history, History of ideas, Middle Ages, Comparative Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , 6th to 12th Centuries
Published by: Издателска къща "Гутенберг"
Keywords: Folklore; Text analysis; Linguistics; Comparative studies; Germany; Bulgaria; Bulgarian History; History
Summary/Abstract: In the past years a lot of lead amulets have been found in Bulgaria and some of them enchantments on them against Nejit, who are believed to be a humanoid spirit in the folklore. The oldest amulet found is dated from 10-11th century. This paper is focused on an amulet that has been found recently near the town of Kyrdjali. The uniqueness of this amulet is that a mix of cyrillic and glagolic letters have been written on it. Two copies of the text exist that were analysed and described once by German and second time by Bulgarian linguists. The interval between the two examinations was 10 years. In this article a comparison between the Bulgarian and the German reconstruction of the text is being made as the two texts are evaluated in the context of the newest information.