Printed : 2012
Language : English
The book will introduce you to the colourful world of different cultures in
Bulgaria. The cultural diversity of Bulgaria is a heritage which is part of our
common European heritage.
For the first time in such a publication there is a description of the
most numerous community, the Orthodox Bulgarians.
The hystory of each community , facts or tales, is the foundation n
wich its modern image has been built. The specific cultural charachteristics
are studied as constructs which are the result of a specific historical,
political and social context. Communities are presented as interacting with
each other, learning about each other and being public together in the last
decades. The accent is put on revealing how the community conceives of itself,
permanent and yet different from the other communities.
The book begins with a preface making a comparative review of the various
identities and communities. This panoramic picture comprises both the analysed
ethnic groups as well as those that are not included in the book. The following
ethnic groups, namely Armenians, Bulgarian Orthodox and Catholics, Bulgarian Muslims,
Jews, Karakachans, Romany and Turks are presented in separate articles in the
body of the book. Each article contains a basic text, illustrations with
detailed captions and interesting short texts such as excerpts from travel
notes, interviews, descriptions of festivals and other elements of the cultures
of different communities, etc.