“Ljelje” from Gorjani

The book “‘Ljelje’ from Gorjani” describes the story of the “ljelje” (“queens”) custom from its origin to the end of the year 2011. It is organised into nine chapters, seven of which offer a comprehensive description of the entire custom. Texts on “ljelje” can be divided into two parts; the first part refers to their… Pročitaj sve »

Naslovnica Hrvatski karnevali

Croatian Carnivals

The book Croatian Carnivals presents the first synthesis of carnival customs in Croatia. It consists of three parts. Taking the difference between cyclic and linear understandings of time as his starting point, in the first part of the book the author deals with the vitality and appeal of the carnival; the etymology of carnival terminology… Pročitaj sve »

Korčula collection of essays

Croatian sword dances

This is the extended and adapted version of a paper given at the international conference on ethnochoreology held in Korčula, and provides an overview of sword dances in Croatia. The text refers to Korčula’s moreška and kumpanija, Lastovo’s carnival dance, white masks from Putniković on the peninsula of Pelješac, the Boka Navy’s circle dance and… Pročitaj sve »


Naslovnica Lastovo kroz stoljeća

Lastovo Through the Centuries

This is a 595-page book in two parts. The first part of the book contains an overview of Lastovo’s history, from its settling to the end of the Italian administration of the island in 1943. In the second part of the book, the author discusses the demographics of Lastovo, its economy, health care and education,… Pročitaj sve »

Naslovnica Lastovski poklad: Plesno-etnološka studija

The Lastovo Carnival: an Ethnochoreological Study

“The Lastovo Carnival: an Ethnochoreological Study” is an investigation of contemporary carnival customs on the island of Lastovo, which have been recognized as a representative intangible cultural heritage, and as such, introduced into the list of the protected intangible cultural goods by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. In the extensive introductory chapter, the author discusses… Pročitaj sve »


The 1981 Lastovo Carnival

The author first provides two authentic 19th century descriptions of the Lastovo Carnival, written by Zora and Lucijanović. He then compares 20th century handwritten documentation, gives a short commentary, and proceeds to a description of his own experience of the 1981 Carnival.  


Lastovo’s Carnival Ballad About Ali the Tenth

The author writes about a carnival ballad from Lastovo.


“Queens”: between rural girls’ processions and stage representations

The article discusses girls’ processions that, until the 1950s, occasionally took place in north-eastern Croatia during the feast of Pentecost. The girls that participated in the processions were typically called “queens”. Once the spontaneous life of the custom ended, “queens” moved onto the stage, becoming part of the repertoire of amateur folklore associations and the… Pročitaj sve »


Renewals and local meanings: “kumpanijas” on the island of Korčula

The article deals with the renewal of a “kumpanija” (a chain dance with swords) in the village of Pupnat, which took place in the years 1996/97, for the first time in almost half a century. The text discusses the role that the amateur folklorist Vido Bagur had in the renewal, as well as local meanings… Pročitaj sve »


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