Project for a Slavic Ethnological Atlas


The present time in Central and Eastern Europe is characterised by two seemingly opposing trends: a striving for profound knowledge of one’s own nation and a striving for identification with the rest of Europe. A contribution to both types of striving could be ethnological atlases of European regions, one of which could be a Slavic Ethnological Atlas. It would aim at presenting a picture of selected phenomena of the traditional culture of Slavic nations in their entirety as well as in their ethnic variety.
This picture could establish preconditions for the definition of what is common Slavic for every Slavic nation as well as what is ethnically specific for each. At the same time the Atlas could help to define what connects the Slavic nations with other nations living in Europe. The data presented in the Atlas would either confirm or deny the unity of affinity of traditional cultures of Slavic nations. It has already been unambiguously proved that their languages are cognate.

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Benza, M., (1995) “Project for a Slavic Ethnological Atlas”, Ethnologia Europaea 25(1), 87-90. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.


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Mojmír Benza (Slovenska akademia vied)



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