Proč, Maria, tak vzdycháte. O životě jedné vánoční legendy v 21. století
WHY, MARY, ARE YOUR SIGHTING? LIFE OF ONE CHRISTMAS LEGEND IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
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The song 'Why, Mary, are your sighting' has maintained its spiritual and ritual role in the folk Catholic tradition of Moravia. This song is being sung by women in Advent during home domestic worship, when the statue of Virgin Mary is being carried from one house to the other. The tradition as well as the song concentrate on the lodging of Virgin Mary. The roots of this tradition stem at the end of the nineteenth century. The song exists in two variants: the one focusing on Joseph and the other on Mary. The older one, printed pilgrimage song 'Why, Joseph, are your sighting', comes from the end of the eighteenth century. The comparison of oral versions with the printed ones (1789-2006) reveals the song being a conservative type of spiritual folk song, representing a late stage of sung legends. It is an expression of Marian Cult within the frame of folk religiosity of the beginning of the twenty-first century, drawing on the traditions from the period before the Second Vatican Council.
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