The Medieval and Early Modern Bulgarian Charms in the Context of Compilation: Questions and Patterns

Tsonkova, Svetlana (Articol)

“The medieval end early modern Bulgarian charms are important cultural phenomena. In a broader cultural context, they are part of the complex processes of transmission and compilation of manuscripts with various contents, based on specific organizing principles. While the diversity and the variation of the charms are clearly manifested, the factors and the actors contributing for the creation of manuscripts with compilative character are much more difficult to be identified. However, a look at concrete examples reveals some specific patterns. Thus, not only the charms can be positioned in the transmission and compilation milieu of the manuscripts, but also the manuscripts and their content can be regarded in the broader cultural contexts of daily life, and of applications of verbal magic for quotidian needs in quotidian environment.”

Cuvinte cheie: Culture of Compilation, Medieval Charms, Medieval Popular Religion, Miscellanea as Cultural Phenomena, and Verbal Magic

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2013, nr. 1-2