Young tree setting up in Csíkszentgyörgy and Csíkbánfalva

Brigitta Szűcs

Abstrakt

The author describes the custom of two villages in Hargita county in Hungary. As the two settlements are close to forests, they abound both in pines and birches, which enables the inhabitants, for instance, the chopping-down of fourteen pines for a wedding as bridal young trees. Apart from weddings, there are numerous other occasions to set up young trees. The author also attempts to interpret the tradition, describe the functions of young tree setting in the limelight of its magical, artistic and ethnic contexts from the 1950s to the present days.

Słowa kluczowe: occasions, tradition, rite, archetypal image, rites of passages, magical-sacral function, national identity, artistic function
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