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 attributed to the decapitation of an ox and the role of “kumpanija” in the lives of the people of Korčula. Next, the renewal of a “kumpanija” in the village of Žrnovo is discussed, as well as the impact that the research conducted by the ethnochoreologist Ivan Ivančan had on that particular renewal and, indirectly, on the previously mentioned renewal in Pupnat.

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