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Who did Morena burn for?

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  • votrubam
    ... Morena, Morena, za koho-s horela/umrela? Ne za ny, ne za ny, nez~ za ty krest~any. Morena is the white-clad effigy of winter/death traditionally drowned or
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 9, 2012
      > that song, do you mean

      Morena, Morena, za koho-s horela/umrela?
      Ne za ny, ne za ny, nez~ za ty krest~any.

      Morena is the white-clad effigy of winter/death traditionally drowned
      or burned around Easter. It is believed to go back to ancient Slavic
      mythology and celebration of spring. In addition to their enigmatic
      meaning, those two verses preserve very old Slovak grammar:

      _____ Morena, Morena, for whom didst thou burn/die?
      _____ Not for us, not for us, else for 'em Christians.

      --- Why would Morena be on fire for the Christians?
      --- Wouldn't it have been the other way round, that Christianity brought about the demise of the cult of Morena?
      --- Who torched her?
      --- Who's singing, who is "us," the people who didn't benefit from Morena's sacrifice, were they happy or sad to sing this?
      --- If it was the pagans' lament over the suppression of their beliefs, why would the verses have survived so many centuries through the present?
      --- What events do the verses reflect?

      The opaque language that might be read several ways makes it all even more difficult to pin down.


      Martin
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