Das Erbe der Slawenapostel im 21. Jahrhundert / The Legacy of the Apostles of the Slavs in the 21st Century
Nationale und europäische Perspektiven / National and European Perspectives
The saints Cyril and Methodius play a prominent role for the religious, cultural and national aspects of Slavic identity owing to their translation of the Bible and the creation of a Slavic (Glagolitic) alphabet. The contributions to this volume, from the fields of cultural, literary and linguistic studies, discuss the spiritual legacy of the Slavic Apostles in the 21
Tanya Dimitrova (Jena) - The feast of Cyril and Methodius as identification factor for Bulgarian migrant communities
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Tanya Dimitrova (Jena)
The feast of Cyril and Methodius as identification factor for Bulgarian migrant communities
Our souls, over there in the hereafter, are certainly written in Cyrillic. We love our mother tongue and our children as much as we love the life.1
The following paper aims to highlight the impact that the figures of the brothers Cyril and Methodius have on the consolidation of Bulgarian migrant communities formed in many countries in Western Europe and North America after the fall of communism in 1989. The main goal of the exposition is to show the role the Cyrillo-Methodian work and tradition play in sustaining a Bulgarian national identity abroad. Before getting to the main point, it should be briefly outlined how Bulgarian ethnic and subsequently national identity has been constituted during the centuries.
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