JOZEF OBREBSKI AND MACEDONIAN ETHNOGRAPHY
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The work of the ethnologist and sociologist Jozef Obrebski on Macedonian folk culture was not known in Macedonia until now. But recently his three books have been published, as well as the album of photographs of Porech in the 1930s. Thanks to these publications we know more on Macedonian folk life in the first part of the 20th century. Thus, very valuable material from the Archives of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA will enrich Macedonian folklorists, anthropologists and sociologists, as it contains a treasure of theoretical thoughts and methodological ideas. Folklorists will find unique and original material, e.g. songs performed with different customs, legends, especially those in honor of Prince Marko, etc. Ethnologists will discover illustrative material containing folk customs and their origin, descriptions of dreams, blessings and the curses, beliefs in magic, especially in health magic. The sociologist will discover distinct sociological data on the rural Porech life, while the theologist will get some information related to the pre-Christian religion, influence of religion over the group, relations between social structure of the village and ritual activities. The science of the law will find some data about the customary law and morality of behavior.
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