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Holy days after migration

conference contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mirjana LozanovskaMirjana Lozanovska
In Zavoj, a mountainous village in the Republic of Macedonia, the Day of the Holy Mother is the most significant day in the village's ritual calendar. Over the last two decades the festival has been transformed due to emigration, but importantly, many Zavoj emigrants return to the village for the festival. Added to this are several other celebrations related to holy days that take place in the village. The focus of this paper will be the Mala Sveta Bogorodica (minor Holy Mother) festivity, and the sacred sites on the Old Zavoj Road. A very active church committee draws together the emigrants and produces a new type of village community and new types of social practices. Parallel to this, is the dramatic transformation of the architecture of the village. From data of recent field work, this paper will explore the emigrant gathering in Zavoj, and why the village becomes a place for the celebration of holy days after migration.

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Event

International Conference on Intangible Heritage (2nd : 2011 : Tomar, Portugal)

Pagination

459 - 469

Publisher

Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development

Location

Tomar, Portugal

Place of publication

[Tomar, Portugal]

Start date

2011-07-03

End date

2011-07-06

ISBN-13

9789899567146

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Editor/Contributor(s)

S Lira, R Amoeda, C Pinheiro

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Heritage : Sharing Cultures

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