|STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA
| Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU
STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA 10, 2007
Th e Flying Icon – the Semantic and the Functions of one Legend
In the article is analyzed the story of the “flying” icons from the Nessebar church of “The Assumption of the Holy Virgin”. These legends describe the miracles made by the icon of the Holy Virgin – the Black (Mad) Mary. The miracles comprise its “flying” to the Greek community in Nessebar in the times of the Ottoman domination and its role in diverse historical trials. The legends of the “flying” icon of Nessebar appear as metaphorical readings of the intensive identifi cation processes that have involved individuals and communities in transitional historical periods.
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