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Хан Татар и Тодорка (Един прочит на варианта от Велико Търново)
Khan Tatar and Todorka (A Reading of a Song Variant from Veliko Tarnovo)

Author(s): Stoyan Antonov
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Literary Texts, Cultural history, Psychology, Customs / Folklore, Ethnohistory, Oral history, Middle Ages, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , The Ottoman Empire, Philology, Social Norms / Social Control, Source Material, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: ballad; incest; initiation; history; mythology; structuralism; Tatars

Summary/Abstract: The text interprets Khand Tatar and Todorka ballad by commenting the historical terms used from the one hand, and, from the other hand by doing a transformational analysis of the attributes and functions of the mediator in the plot. The situations connected with the Tartars as historical population are analyzed as potential sources of folk personages and motifs. Resultantly, the folklore situation is seen in the light of a possible reflection of the mythological understandings while at the same time the basic psycho-social functions of the ballad are outlined. Thus the reading combines historical and mythological aspects and compares the particular “Bulgarian” case with the universal models and structures of thinking.

  • Issue Year: XLIV/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 451-474
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian