Ethnolinguistic expedition to the Burgenland Croats’ villages of Western Hungary (around Szombathely)

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: General Researcher
Affiliation: Institute of Slavic studies RAS
Address: Russia, Moscow, 119334, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky prospect, 32A
Occupation: Senior Researcher
Affiliation: Institute of Slavic studies RAS
Address: 119334, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky prospect, 32A
Journal nameSlavianovedenie
EditionIssue 6

The article summarises the results of an ethnolinguistics expedition to the Burgenland Croats’ villages of Narda, Felsőcsatár / Gornji Četar, Horvátlövő / Hrvatske Šice, and Petárda / Baranjsko Petrovo Selo in West Hungary, around the town of Szombathely. It is stressed that specific sociocultural situation left its imprint on the preservation of tradition. Most peculiar features of traditional culture in such spheres as calendar and family rituals, popular mythology, are considered. Archaic traces of the local tradition are revealed, which characterise rituals aimed at ensuring the health of households and increasing wealth in the family, as well as protecting home from natural disasters. Relatively well-preserved beliefs in the field of folk mythology are presented. It is shown that tradition in Petrovo Selo, due to its isolated position, is somewhat different from three other villages.

KeywordsBurgenland Croats, folk spiritual culture, archaic traces, preservation of tradition in an enclave, borrowings, ethnic contacts, folk mythology, calendar rituals, family rituals.
AcknowledgmentThe author's work is supported by grant RSF № 17-18-01373 "Slavic archaic zone of Europe: ethnolinguistic studies"
Publication date11.11.2019
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