MYTHOLOGICAL MOTIFS IN K. J. ERBEN’S COLLECTIONS OF BULGARIAN FOLK TALES
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This paper focuses on two tales from K. J. Erben’s collections of folklore: “The Good Lord” and “Bulgarian Hospitality.” The aim has been to highlight a number of mythological motifs interpreted by the folk narrator. Aspects of the interpretation of the Christian metanarrative are brought back to life by the transformation and appropriation of biblical mythologemes. The discussion maps the two texts onto apocryphal stories and legends, identifying model situations in the communication between man and God. It also deals with variations on the biblical myth about Abraham’s sacrifice, and emphasises the specificities in construals of what is sacred.
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