Ukrainian Minstrels: Why the Blind Should Sing

Ukrainian Minstrels: Why the Blind Should Sing

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by Natalie O. Kononenko
     
 

The blind mendicant in Ukrainian folk tradition is a little-known social order, but an important one. The singers of Ukrainian epics, these minstrels were organized into professional guilds that set standards for training and performance. Repressed during the Stalin era, this is their story.See more details below

Overview

The blind mendicant in Ukrainian folk tradition is a little-known social order, but an important one. The singers of Ukrainian epics, these minstrels were organized into professional guilds that set standards for training and performance. Repressed during the Stalin era, this is their story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765601445
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/31/1997
Series:
Folklores and Folk Cultures of Eastern Europe Series
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Note on Transliteration
Pt. 1Ukrainian Minstrelsy1
1The Singers3
2The Traditional Repertory: An Overview16
3Common Stereotypes of Minstrels27
4Blindness44
5Minstrel Institutions: The Brotherhoods or Guilds66
6Apprenticeship, Training, and Initiation86
7Learning Minstrel Songs108
8Minstrel Guilds and the Orthodox Church133
9Minstrelsy and Martyrdom: The Influence of Religious Song on the Epic153
10Epic and Lament: The Influence of Kobzari on Lirnyky171
Conclusion196
Pt. 2Minstrel Rites and Songs199
A Religious Festival201
The Minstrel Initiation Rite204
The Begging Song and the Song of Gratitude211
Religious Songs220
Epics (Dumy)239
Historical Songs261
Satirical Songs264
Secret Songs273
Bibliographic Essay282
Appendix: Tables and Charts299
Notes303
Bibliography337
Index349

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