Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Teologie „Sf. Andrei Șaguna”
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7 / 2018
The Anthropological Memory Of Death In The Sermons Of The 19th – 20th Century. The History Of a Training For World War I
Proposed over the past two years, the Centenary of the Great Union obliges the cultural anthropology scholars to assume their own line of identifying the values through which we, the Romanians, have been educated to be willing to join the Union. We believe that one of the major social education lines is the preaching as the living school of the parishes. The funeral sermons especially reveal details of people’s lives, which deserve to be recorded. The present study proposes the analysis of some volume-witnesses from different parts of the country (Transylvania-Bucovina), including topics from the anthropology of mourning specific to Orthodoxy and Greek-Catholicism. Thus, we have a whole horizon of knowledge about the folk’s thinking related to death and how to face it; about the local patriotism and community culture. Moreover, we have an entire direction of constructive ideas about the unity of the nation and the language. Sources of first quality the funeral sermons enchanted by the form of expression and the historical content. Therefore, they deserve a careful research line. Many of the relevant ones can also be found in the preaching of Bessarabia. However, only now we are able to identify a few manuscripts in the field, trying to balance the information in the sequel. Specialized libraries do not retain such volumes. We believe, however, that the present study opens the research direction, proposing collaborations and data communications in the field.
Keywords: preaching, funeral sermons, education, folk thinking, cultural anthropology