Politics and festivals: Lithuania’s shrove and Midsummer

Šaknys, Žilvytis: Politics and festivals: Lithuania’s shrove and Midsummer. In: Politics, feasts, festivals 4. pp. 136-150. (2014)

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Abstract

As David I. Kertzner mentioned, ritual is important in all political systems, and pointed out the many ways ritual is employed in politics. In my article, based on personal field-work material, manuscripts, published and internet sources, i tried to analyze how the festivals like shrove (lith. Užgavėnės) and Midsummer (lith. Joninės, Rasos, Kupolės) have been useful for pursuing political goals in Lithuania during different periods: the National Revival (late 19thcentury), the interwar period (1918–1940), Soviet Lithuania (1940-1941; 1944–1989), and modern independent lithuania. analysis of the two folk festivals shows that they can acquire a political reality and embody great power in performing various tasks: fighting for national revival or independence, fighting against Christianity, creating a new pagan religion, or forming an ethnic cultural space for emigrants. But each festival can embody different possibilities for acquiring this power depending on the time, the place, the festival’s former content, and even historical memory.

Item Type: Book Section
Heading title: Politics and the transformation of rituals
Journal or Publication Title: Politics, feasts, festivals
Date: 2014
Number: 4
ISSN: 2064-4825
ISBN: 978-963-306-254-8
Page Range: pp. 136-150
Series Name: A vallási kultúrakutatás könyvei
Language: Angol
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/67606/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Szent Iván-éjjeli Nyárközép-fesztivál - nemzeti újjáéledés - Litvánia
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben, és: p. 147-150.
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 > 06.01.01.18. Cultural heritage, cultural memory
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 20. 12:24
Last Modified: 2020. Jul. 02. 12:48
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/67095

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