Orthodoxy and political myths in Balkan national identities

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This article analyses the relationship between Balkan national identities and the region's dominant religion: Eastern Orthodox Christianity. After examining the concept of 'symphonia' between Orthodoxy and politics that developed during the Byzantine Empire, this article argues that the political myths that have emerged from Orthodoxy are the most potent in the Balkan mythical imaginary. Political myths have a direct impact on contemporary politics developing a threefold structure: the sacralisation of politics; the perception of the nation as a divine manifestation; and, the construction of a divine realm on earth.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-432
Number of pages12
JournalNational Identities
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity, symphonia, mythical imaginary, Balkans, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Serbia

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