May a Rusalka “Hit” You and Karakondzor “Drive” You. On Some of the Aspects of the Personifications of Illnesses during the Rusalska Week and the Dirty Days Cover Image
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Русалка да те „избъхта“, караконджор да те „възседне“. За някои аспекти на болестните персонификации през Русалската седмица и Мръсните дни
May a Rusalka “Hit” You and Karakondzor “Drive” You. On Some of the Aspects of the Personifications of Illnesses during the Rusalska Week and the Dirty Days

Author(s): Mihaela Videnova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Psychology, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Psychoanalysis
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: psychological anthropology, analytical psychology; Rusalska week; Dirty days; rusalka; karakondzor

Summary/Abstract: The article is an analytical psychological and anthropological analysis of the Bulgarian demonological characters rusalki [Sg rusalka] and karakondzori [Sg karakondzor] as personifications of illnesses during Rusalska week [the week before Pentecost] and the so-called Dirty days [the days between Christmas and St. John the Baptist’s Day] in the traditional Bulgarian calendar. The author studies the most important beliefs connected to these two calendar periods staying in close relation to the mythological creatures of the rusalka and the karakondzor in the traditional Bulgarian culture as well as to the illnesses that these creatures are believed to bring. The author also offers an analytical and psychological interpretation of the beliefs connected to illnesses in parallel with the concepts of psychic unconscious, psychic individuation, psychic archetype, psychic introjection and personification, “soul loss” (obsession by an autonomous psychic complex and psychoticism), etc.

  • Issue Year: XLIV/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 037-056
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian