TITLE

Symbolical Mechanisms for Restoring Communal Equilibrium in the Romanian Folk Culture

AUTHOR(S)
Sava, Eleonora
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Philobiblon: Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research;Jan-Jun2012, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p258
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study presents the manner in which traditional Romanian communities tend to perceive crisis situations triggered by theft or murder, and the way in which individuals respond to these situations, through symbolical acts and representations of intra-community social balance adjustment. This material explores one of the most widespread folk rituals, which has been updated and adapted to criminal contexts: searching for culprits by way of "bucket divination" (drawing lots by means of a water-filled basin). The mechanisms for regulating intra-community crises analysed in this paper were identified during a field research conducted in Transylvania, especially in its rural areas. The interpretation proposed here relies on the grid Mary Douglas develops in her classical study of cultural anthropology, entitled Purity and Danger.
ACCESSION #
76599377

 

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