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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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Svetoslava Toncheva (Sofia) - “Inventing” Traditions – the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Russia


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Svetoslava Toncheva (Sofia)

“Inventing” Traditions – the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Russia

The present article attempts to examine the invention of a highly significant “new” tradition in its dynamics – the feast of the Saints Cyril and Methodius in Russia in the period of its establishment in Moscow in the year 2010 and the present situation of the phenomenon in 2013. It is the result of the author’s fieldwork research in Moscow in 2010 as well as collected information provided by Russian mass media (television, radio, newspapers and articles) concerning events of the last two years.

The year 2010 was very significant for the feast of the Saints Cyril and Methodius in Moscow – it marked the beginning of a unification of the religious feasts traditional for Russia and the less significant secular ones. The contribution of the two brothers that until recently has remained, to a significant extent, unpopular among the Russians at a mass level (a very different situation can be observed among specialists), begins to be presented in the public space as crucial for the development of Russian culture, literature and spirituality.

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