Journal Epohi
“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Sacred Space and Its Toposes (The votive places and their connection to the territory on which they are built upon)


Authors:
Miglena Petkova

Pages: 112-123

Abstract:

The traditional folklore sacred spaces are known as votive places. In the present study, I am tracing the connection between the type, the ritual conveyed at the votive place and the sacredness of the territory on which they were built. I am also giving answer to the question, how natural landmarks connected to the miraculousness of the saints are turned into markers of the sacred space, and an object of veneration from the participants in the rites, whose over-all function is to preserve the collective memory.

Keywords:

toposes, sacred space, votive places, rituals, identity

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