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Královské jízdy na středomoravské Hané. K proměnám zvyku v 19. a 20. století

Title in English Ritual of "running after king" in Central Moravia. The changes of habit in the 19th and 20th centuries

VÁLKA Miroslav

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Folia ethnographica : Supplementa ad Acta Musei Moraviae, Scientiae sociales
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords ritual of "running after king"; Pentecost; Haná region; evolution in the 19th and 20th centuries
Description Pentecost was in the Czech Lands in the pre-industrial rural environment connected with walking rituals; several researches tried to explain their development. In Central Moravia (Haná region) the connection with initiation ceremonies of young people is primary; they are connected with horse pasture and riding competitions the winner of which was celebrated as a "king". The custome fullfilled a social integrating role in the village and among young men. The period of the Czecho-Slavonic Ethnographic Exhibition in 1895 brought the revival of the custom; phenomena of the traditional culture of the pre-industrial village got new functions in the frame of shaping the national identity.
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