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Съвременни градски обреди в случай на личен неуспех
Contemporary Urban Rituals on Personal Failure

Author(s): Slavka Grebenarova
Subject(s): Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Summary/Abstract: Rituals of the life cycle concernig personal failure of the contemporary Sofia inhabitants have been discussing in this paper: not having children, being unmarried (considered as a problem but not as a personal choice), sickness, unemployment, accidents etc. The person of failure or his/her closest friends/relatives sometimes turn in such cases to the well-know traditional folk rituality. This kind of ritual practise is still extremely vivid although sometimes changing and developing. On the other hand, a certain colaboration with Bulgarian Orthodox Church is more and more observable concerning these matters. Rituals almost forgotten in the last fifty years are again being practised at Orthodox churches and monasteries, while new kinds of practising input by modern life are also emerging. Those new practising kinds are "inventions" both by clergy and by ordinary people who seek help from the Orthodox Church. Both clergy and ordinaries are under the influence of the wide information front in this process, and it means that they are influenced by variouse world cultures.

  • Page Range: 67-76
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Language: Bulgarian