Territorial distribution of Bulgarian folk songs according to their functions (According to data from the archive of the Bulgarian literature department’s electronic fund at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo) Cover Image
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Териториално разпределение на българските народни песни според функциите им (По данни от електронен фонд към архив на Катедра „Българска литература“ при ВТУ „Св. св. Кирил и Методий“)
Territorial distribution of Bulgarian folk songs according to their functions (According to data from the archive of the Bulgarian literature department’s electronic fund at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo)

Author(s): Svetla Dzhivtereva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Geography, Regional studies, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Historical Geography, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Асоциация за антропология, етнология и фолклористика ОНГЬЛ

Summary/Abstract: The research is based on 140 000 Bulgarian folk songs taken from the Archive of the Bulgarian Literature Department’s Electronic Fund at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo. The distribution of eight groups of folk songs is presented as aggregated data in the form of graphs and maps. These eight groups are: 1. Carols, 2. St. Lazarus songs, 3. Easter songs, 4. Wedding songs, 5. Harvest songs, 6. Sedenka (women’s gathering) songs, 7. Round-dance songs, 8. Table songs. Choosing a specific group of songs covers different aspects of the folklore culture – calendar and family rituality, social and labor customs and rites. The territorial distribution is based on the administrative division of Bulgaria by districts, which was in force until 1959. The research determines the quantitative parameters of the studied functional groups as well as their percentage share against the overall number of songs in the different regions. Based on this information, there have been made maps (Map 1–8), which present the distribution of these groups in the different Bulgarian districts and enable the traceability of some basic trends and regularities.The research is based on 140 000 Bulgarian folk songs taken from the Archive of the Bulgarian Literature Department’s Electronic Fund at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo. The distribution of eight groups of folk songs is presented as aggregated data in the form of graphs and maps. These eight groups are: 1. Carols, 2. St. Lazarus songs, 3. Easter songs, 4. Wedding songs, 5. Harvest songs, 6. Sedenka (women’s gathering) songs, 7. Round-dance songs, 8. Table songs. Choosing a specific group of songs covers different aspects of the folklore culture – calendar and family rituality, social and labor customs and rites. The territorial distribution is based on the administrative division of Bulgaria by districts, which was in force until 1959. The research determines the quantitative parameters of the studied functional groups as well as their percentage share against the overall number of songs in the different re¬gions. Based on this information, there have been made maps (Map 1–8), which present the distribution of these groups in the different Bulgarian districts and enable the traceability of some basic trends and regularities.