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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


Edited By Thede Kahl and Aleksandra Salamurović

Die Heiligen Kyrill und Method spielen durch ihre Bibelübersetzung und die Schaffung eines slawischen (glagolitischen) Alphabets eine herausragende Rolle für die religiöse, kulturelle und nationale Identität der Slawen. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes aus Kultur-, Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft setzen sich mit dem geistigen Erbe der Slawenapostel im 21. Jahrhundert auseinander. Dabei stehen Erinnerungsdiskurse und die Schriftfrage im Mittelpunkt des Interesses. Die zahlreichen Funktionen ihres Erbes – Integration, Emanzipation und Abgrenzung – zeigen eine durchgehende Dynamik zwischen südslawischen, allgemein slawischen und europäischen Entwicklungslinien, die bis ins das 21. Jahrhundert wirken. Somit ist die Auseinandersetzung mit ihrem kulturellen Erbe noch lange nicht erschöpft.
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 st century. The countless roles of their legacy (integration, emancipation, differentiation) demonstrate continuous dynamics between south Slavic, general Slavic and European lines of development that continue to operate in the 21 st century. Thus, the debate on their cultural legacy has not yet been fully exhausted.
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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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