|STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA
| Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU
The cultural genome.
Space and its ideograms of the mythical story
As a biological genome determines our biological appearance, so too the cultural genome determines our cultural expression. This is a set of findings about the functioning of the universe and rules derived from them. When people verbalize these findings in a narrative, a mythical story occurs. A mythical landscape is a form of the cultural landscape that people created in accordance with their mythical conceptions that they could master the forces of nature with its help. From individual structures of the text fragments of Slavic folk traditions, a composite story in many versions is made, which explains the mechanism of renewal and describes the cyclical changes of the nature. People were using this mythical story as a mental model, which was materialized in specific spaces as spatial ideograms, which are discussed in the next part of the book (‘The cultural genome. Space and its ideograms of the mythical story’). In conclusion, the acquired findings are compared with the early medieval idol of Zbruč in Ukraine and a complete structural matching is established. The Zbruč idol shows a spatial arrangement of three realms of the universe, control mechanisms of these realms, a sequence of natural and life changes.
(Only a short English summary is added to the Slovenian text.)
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Ljubljana 2014, 408 pp, 265 photos, maps, plans and drawings, 3 appendices; 17 x 24 cm, hardback, ISBN 978-961-254-736-3.
Price: 34,00 €
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