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Mythe et histoire dans les chants populaires grecs sur la guerre de l’indépendance

Myth and History in Greek Folk Songs on Independence War
Riki Van Boeschoten
p. 51-68

Abstracts

Characters of Clephts appear in folk songs as national heroes, rebellious insurrectionary as well as robbers. With Roland Grele and Bronislaw Malinowski, the author wonders if they belong to history, as ideological instruments to upsetting the social order, or to myth, as elements of social cohesion or ideological legitimization. First of all, according to her, they have historic value neither in the facts, nor in their interpretation. They codify the past by updating it according to the present. Myth and history are in interaction, as defined Lévi-Strauss. We can then distinguish three levels of codification: a first phase of facts selection, a second phase of collective synthesis related to the present, a third phase of structural amnesia where the events do not relate any more to the audience current life but deliver timeless images. In the last time, the author underlines the influence of the elimination of illiteracy, the School and the nationalization of the State.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Riki Van Boeschoten, « Mythe et histoire dans les chants populaires grecs sur la guerre de l’indépendance », Études balkaniques, 7 | 2000, 51-68.

Electronic reference

Riki Van Boeschoten, « Mythe et histoire dans les chants populaires grecs sur la guerre de l’indépendance », Études balkaniques [Online], 7 | 2000, Online since 08 April 2009, connection on 19 August 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/etudesbalkaniques/416

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About the author

Riki Van Boeschoten

Université de Thessalie

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