Bulgarian culture and space in the religious context





geography, journey, hero, value, Orthodoxy, boundary, Tartu–Moscow School


In this contribution I apply the semiotic method of Juri Lotman to a specific physical location – a significant Bulgarian religious monastery, in order to elucidate the Bulgarian metahistorical tradition. Any process of communication with a religious text involves a complex relationship with the reader. A readership image hidden in the Bulgarian religious text has played a central role for many generations; therefore, in addition to analysing a physical location, the method of communication in the area of “cultural centrality” has also been examined. The discussion focuses on a specific metahistorical text, the Testament of John of Rila, and the ways in which it interacts with important geographical and cultural areas and their hidden dimensions of “semiotic spheres”. The Testament is a part of Bulgarian cultural legacy and its role in the area of the “extra-cultural” and “cultural periphery” is remarkable.


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Velinov, I. I. (2023). Bulgarian culture and space in the religious context. Sign Systems Studies, 51(2), 366–375. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2023.51.2.08