Remembering and Forgetting: the symbolic Power of Rituals in Kamniška Bistrica

Klobčar, Marija: Remembering and Forgetting: the symbolic Power of Rituals in Kamniška Bistrica. In: Politics, feasts, festivals 4. pp. 51-64. (2014)

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With Slovenian independence a new ritual emerged in the valley of Kamniška Bistrica: it is a special memorial mass on 31st october, connected with the ceremonies on all saints’ day. the commemoration is dedicated to all the victims of WW ii and postwar terror, which means not just the victims of resistance against the Nazis and fascists but also the victims of the civil war, caused by the communists’ fight for supremacy during and after WW II. it was strictly prohibited under the communist regime to mention the victims of the civil war and commemorate postwar executions, therefore such commemorations were not possible. this possibility was opened up with Slovenian independence, when numerous mass graves were discovered. Such discoveries triggered different views and political interpretations, which is also why the commemoration in Kamniška Bistrica is understood as a political manifestation of right-oriented political forces. the paper aims to open the question of the role of the ethnographer and folklorist in these processes. is it enough to observe and interpret the ritual itself or should the study go beyond it, up to the causes of the civil war? Is the researcher’s role also to contribute to better understand-ing between people on opposite sides?

Item Type: Book Section
Heading title: Politics and the remembrance of the past
Journal or Publication Title: Politics, feasts, festivals
Date: 2014
Number: 4
ISSN: 2064-4825
ISBN: 978-963-306-254-8
Page Range: pp. 51-64
Series Name: A vallási kultúrakutatás könyvei
Language: Angol
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Emlézetpolitika - nemzeti ünnep - emlékhely - II. Világháború - háború utáni megtorlások - Szlovénia - Kamniška Bistrica
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben, és: p. 60-62., Szlovén nyelvű szövegrészekkel, Illusztrációk: Kotta: The song Mrtvaška kost kaznuje objestneža, No graves and no memory were allowed to the victims of post war executions, Attending the Memorial mass for the victims of WW II and post-war violence intensifies the question of how far it is possible to reveal different truths
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology > 06.01.01. History
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology > 06.01.01. History > Cultural history, history of collective identities and memories
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 20. 10:04
Last Modified: 2020. Jul. 02. 12:42

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