Life Cycle Folkways of Serbs in California Cover Image

Обичаји животног циклуса верника српских православних парохија у Kалифорнији
Life Cycle Folkways of Serbs in California

Author(s): Gordana Blagojević
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, History of Church(es), Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Eastern Orthodoxy, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Keywords: Serbian parishes; California; Americanization; ritual-religious practice;
Summary/Abstract: The life cycle folkways (baptism , wedding, monasticism, funeral rites) of the Serbs in California have to a considerable extent been influenced by the American way of life. The ceremony of baptising adults is carried out either in church or in improvized baptistries, or in pools within private homes or condom iniums. Weddings in church are extremely rare, and half of their total number is for heterogeneous marriages. The weddings in most cases take place on Saturdays and are preceded by a “dress-rehearsal” in church, where the participants practice the wedding arrangements. The funeral rites have been affected by the US laws, from the “beautification” of the deceased, to funeral time-schedule, to tom stone height. American monasticism within the framework of the Serbian Orthodox Church contributes to the spreading of the Serbian saints worship. The americanization of the people of faith is shaping, so to speak, the “americanization” of the ritual-religious practices.

  • Page Range: 349-357
  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Language: Serbian