What is interesting to study ethnology? Added:1.10. 2009
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What is interesting to study ethnology?

„The country I come down on earth I found the reason: after going as Mr., I dug into it – Bless me Lord God Himself!“ writes in his collection of folk songs and rhymes Czech Karel Jaromir Erben. What place have such rhymes in contemporary life and how people deal with Czech history? Not just about how we talk to ethnology student Veronika Borisova.

** Studying ethnology, a field about which the public not so much talking. Can you briefly introduce to students who do not know him? **

Sure. One of the definitions of the field says that ethnology is a social science dealing with the comparative study of cultures and societies. I think that there is no need to use other precepts.

** How the faces around you when you tell them, what are you studying? **

Actually? Most do not even know what that means. Usually I ask whether it is the science of beetles, or why I decided to study the ecology :-). So you better say that studying folklore or ethnography.

** We can therefore say that ethnographers were Karel Jaromír Erben and Bozena Nemcova? **

Basically yes. They were such pioneers of modern ethnology.

** What You very much interested in ethnology? **

Currently the most popular deal with clothing. The ethnology is beautiful that you can explore over what you want, from fairy tales to the folk architecture, and still nevymykáte field. I like to say that ethnology is the science of fairy tales, clothing, food, Christmas, verbuňk, dolls, witches, wooden houses, horses, and žebřiňácích fěrtúškoch. Simply, it's a science about everything that concerns man.

** But many people as the notions verbuňk, wooden or fertúšek know. How do you feel about people's declining interest in traditional Czech culture? **

It was here that I have allowed opposing, I think that young people of folk culture have a total interest. It is evident for example in folklore ensembles, muzikách dulcimer, but also to themselves folklore festivals, which comes a lot of young people.

** By the way, what it is fěrtúšek ?:-)**

Fěrtúšek is part of the costume, just the very foremost skirt.

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(Folklore Easter roaring) Source: Archives Veronika Borisov

** What are the obstacles in their work and research can meet ethnologists? **

Given that right now just doing research on people's clothing, I have fresh experience with complications. Above all, it is the unwillingness of institutions to work with students. It seems to me that unless one has the name and title, is not entitled to any inquiry.

** Can you please be a little more specific? **

In one unnamed museum, I asked that I would see if they are not in the depository costume part you need for undergraduate work. Then my local museum worker said that the collections manager is on maternity leave, then let them call for two or three years, so when you should be my job long ago resigned. But again I did not want to wrong those whose approach is contrary accommodating. Although it is hard to believe, there are some.

** Where we can in everyday life with the work of ethnologists, he has successfully overcome similar obstacles, meet? **

An ordinary man with the work of ethnologists not meet much. If so, it's museums with a focus on ethnography and open-air museums. In addition to folk festivals, for many of the songs, dances and costumes, which performs at festivals, it was not without ethnologists who collected and possibly reconstructed. For the general public to the importance of ethnology for the educational site, thanks to it we know how they lived, dressed and ate a hundred years ago, how people talked about how they worked.

** Can the current knowledge of the man somehow ethnographers learn, inspire? **

Inspire in any case, just look at today's wooden houses, or houses built purely from recyclable natural resources, it is nothing else than a return to traditional building materials that were used for the construction of homes a few hundred years. This is evident also in contemporary fashion that is influenced by folk clothes, both in material and appearance. Well, in terms of instruction? Some people should take an example of simple, totally nekonzumního way of life of our ancestors.

** In conclusion I would like to look into the future. Do you have customs and traditions survive the twenty-first century and beyond academic institutions? **

I do not think so. Of course, that leaves the effect of time on every custom and tradition some trace, modify it a bit, some of it will decline, something new is created in it. It's up to us to what extent we maintain habits and how much we interfere with them.

** Thank you for the interview and wish you much luck researching! **

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Source: Archives of Veronika Borisov

/ / Veronika Borisov was born in 1989 and lives in Moravian roaring. Graduated from high medical school in Zlin and is now studying the second year of ethnology at the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. He sings in folk ensembles Olšava and Polana.

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