Accepted paper:

Religious values in present Bulgaria as intangible cultural heritage

Authors:

Georgeta Nazarska (State University of Library Studies and IT)
Svetla Shapkalova (State University of Library Studies and IT)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines religious values in the contemporary Bulgarian society as intangible cultural heritage. The study is based on anthropological perspective and uses mainly qualitative methods.

Paper long abstract:

This paper examines religious values in the contemporary Bulgarian society as intangible cultural heritage. The main task of the paper is to study the crisis of religious values (as a system of beliefs, moral values, attitudes towards society and people, religious behavior, and belonging to religious institutions and communities) and the various strategies of different social groups (clergy, students, and laity) to overcome it. The study is based on anthropological perspective and uses mainly qualitative methods - interviews with clergymen of Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim denomination (priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams), laity (members of religious councils, singers etc.). They are compared with results of a survey with students from religious and secular Bulgarian universities and faculties. The research had been done in 2014 with the support of Bulgarian Council of Religious Communities and the "Religions" Directorate at the Bulgarian Government.

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