MACEDONIAN FOLKLORE

The identity of people is not simply a general social category. Rather it is affirmed through being subjected to thorough exploration authentic spiritual and cultural recognition.

National identity comes to expression first and foremost in the spiritual values of a community of people which has the trait of collective creative achievement. The total overall knowledge and folk wisdom initiated the national creativity which, during the peak of the enlightening and romantic waves of the late 18th Century and first half of the 19th Century, were recognized as folklore.

Even this “enlightening” identification opened the doors of folklore. However much the term “folklore” was used, it nevertheless started to function as a living illustration of the identity, the essence and even the myths of a people determined to survive independently. Precisely for this reason, folklore is taken to be a synonym for the essence of an ethnicity and membership of it.

If we leave the sociological acceptance and enter the culturological field, then folklore needs to be understood as national art which must be nurtured while its experiences are used. To be clearer in understanding folklore in its classical or contemporary forms, one must take into account the stratification of numerous spiritual and creative forces. 

Folklore as national art brings together the creative acts in music, dance, poetry, story-telling, ornaments, architecture and other forms. Greatest attention is paid exactly to folklore as national creativity with a collective spirit, because the national tradition itself represents a collection of customs, rituals, outlooks and beliefs which connect the people with the past. 

In the historical plan, the folklore traditions of the Balkan peoples (within which the Macedonian tradition falls) marked out the only possible path for creative realization.
For the Macedonian people there is no cultural-artistic heritage more important than the folk song and dance, neither of which can exist without the other.

Without song there is no dance. Folk dance is not done (silently) without song. But that iconic eternal and highly-developed syncretic combination of the melody and dance (rhythm) resulted in perfection. The dance and song represent the gathering of all those traits which characterize people and their fate. The most becoming inspiration and national consciousness of the Macedonian, everything which could not be expressed in normal words was turned into dance and song and each of these dances have their own message and destiny.

Beautiful songs and dances about the slavery, poverty and sadness arose in the most difficult moments. They were sung going to the fields, going into battle, returning with the gathered fruits from the fields, going to and returning from the springs, celebrating religious holidays, rituals, wedding customs and in other situations.

Beside the new forms of artistic life which the contemporary Macedonian experiences today, the dances and songs exist innately in the cultural personality of the Macedonian people and are loved up until this very day. Macedonia is considered to be one of the last places in Europe where the ritual traditions are maintained in dance, song and customs.

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