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Nasleđe, Kragujevac
2004, vol. 1, iss. 1, pp. 17-22
article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified
published on: 05/05/2008
Saint Sava: From history to myth
University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Philology and Arts


The paper follows the personality of Rastko Nemanjić (who remained known through history as Sveti Sava, St. Sava), his missionary work and the emergence of his cult, and subsequent transformations which were to alter decisively the character of this famous man’s influence on the consciousness and culture of the Serbian people. Considerable attention is devoted to literary forms and to the relation to fresco painting, especially from the point of view of hagiographies written by Domentijan and Teodosije. Research points towards elements of shifting and morphing from history into myth from the influence of Sveti Sava on the formation of Serbian political and cultural individuality to the illumination by legend and hagiography.


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