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Od a ari-teodorice in Novi Sad

DOI: 10.2298/zmsdn0926055v

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'Od a ari 'chimney sweepers' - t(e)odorice... is the name for the description of the ritual whose original name is not known. It is a very old, pre-Christian, annual - spring ritual belonging to the domain of the productive magic and the ancestor cult (of the dead). Afterwards and later, it was related to the cleaning of chimneys before the beginning of Lent (The Cheese-fare Sunday) or the first week of Lent (the first Sunday of Lent or Th(e)odore's Sunday). Since it has not attracted attention of the researchers so far, almost half a century after its disappearance it is reconstructed in the only possible way: exclusively according to the oral sources - the accounts of the old inhabitants of Novi Sad, the Serbs of the Orthodox faith.

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