Третият в кладенеца (Календарно-астрономическа основа на мотива).
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The tertiary one in the well (Astro-calendrical base of the motif)
Todor Mollov (“St. Cyril and Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo)
Summary: The present works suggests an analysis of two Bulgarian folklore songs in which the hero has been lowered down a deep well, his goal being to bring back water; down there he is swallowed (gorged) by a mythical serpentlike monster (snake, “lamya”, “hala”). The semantics of this song motif are hereby clarified when compared to different episodes of Bulgarian folktales as well as ancient mythopoetical texts (of ved. Trita and avest. Θraētaona). The astro-calendrical base of this motif is tightly connected to the spring-summertime period of invisibility of the Pleiades constellation (nadir = ‘well’).
Language, Linguistics, Literature and Theory of Literature