In the article the author identifies the characteristics, meaning, and role of pilgrimage songs in Slovenian and European folk heritage, and at the same time offers a comparative analysis of the motifs and themes of pilgrimage and pilgrims to selected locations in contemporary Slovenian literature. These works include Lojze Krakar’s Romanje v Kelmorajn (Pilgrimage to Cologne), Drago Jančar’s Katarina, pav in jezuit (Katarina, the Peacock, and the Jesuit), and Svetlana Makarovič’s Pelin žena (The Wormwood Woman). These works of poetry and prose have a structure that is thematically based on or makes reference to folk antecedents.
Monograph addresses musical praxis of bell chiming – pritrkavanje, which is a part of folk music tradition in Slovenia and some other European countries. Bell chiming is a rhythmic musical expression on church bells, an extremely widespread musical practice among both older and younger generations. This book discusses current research and offers, at specific sections, comparative analysis from a historical and geographical perspective. Bell chiming is placed in the wider context of European bell-music practices, and contrary to the common view, a detailed study of bell chiming in Germany and Croatia shows that bell chiming isn’t a uniquely Slovenian musical practice. The book is a fundamental work in the field of bell chiming, as the topics presented here have rarely been discussed outside of a few popular and short scholar papers. It presents a significant contribution to the ethnomusicological and campanological field, with many of the topics also relevant to other scientific disciplines and bell chimers themselves. The book is in Slovenian language, but provides a summary in English.
The book's main goal is to present one of the Slovenian folk dances, štajeriš (Steierisch or Steirisch), from choreological and dance-anthropological perspective. The introductory chapter frames the topic and provides the basis for the following two extensive chapters. The first part of the book is focused on the dance itself. It presents morphological and structural analysis of dance, leading to a morphological-structural analysis of the Slovenian štajeriš, with the primary structure derived from the number of dancers. In the second part of the book, the focus shifts from a dance to men. It starts off by presenting the syncretism of a dance, music and song in the štajeriš, to later focus on the role and meaning in man’s life, with the last section discussing the relationship between the men and the dance, where the dance is treated as a medium trough which both verbal and nonverbal communications is made possible. The central chapters are rounded off by a short chapter on the state of the štajeriš today, where it actually no longer lives among the people, but appears only as the revival of the past.
This paper describes various views of the Kamnik folklore event Traditional Costume and Clothing Heritage Days in order to illuminate the relationship researchers have with these cultural phenomena. It analyzes the origins of the Kamnik event, revealing its social significance, and also analyzes the reasons that this event has attained ritual status for some. Although the event still plays this role today for some people, it has gradually also gained completely different meanings. The researcher is present as an observer, but also as an advisor when asked by the organizers, at which point he is faced with numerous issues connected with the concept of authenticity. This article therefore places the researcherʼs role within the context of views that problematize his a priori position and call attention to the fact that the researcher should participate at the level of informer. Considering the varied meanings this event has for individuals, and considering their diverse relations to folklorism, which are recognized in both the organizers and the participants, the question is which of these views ought to be taken into account.
The article examines processes of nationalizing folk culture, with special emphasis on the folksong tradition of Goriška brda. Nationalizing processes and "cultivation of culture" are more clearly discernible in border areas and are primarily based on distinctions made on the grounds of the language and forms of intangible folk culture.