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ISSN 1736-7514 (electronic)  ISSN 1406-0922 (print)
Published since 1997

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(Full article in PDF format) DOI: 10.3176/tr.2010.4.05


Tiiu Jaago


This research paper will study the phenomenon of time through folklore. The focus is on the educational film created in the 1950s about folk traditions that is analysed on three levels: the response of today’s students, the role of context in interpreting the film, and changes in the concept of folklore in the second half of the 20th century. The author argues that the shift of the main focus from the folk traditions of the time to the 1950s can be regarded as a change of time frames and was influenced by three causes: (1) perception of time as periods that carry certain qualities, as opposed to neutral time-flow (in this case, Soviet time as the idealization of the working class); (2) the expiration of Soviet folkloristic rhetoric; (3) replacement of the object-centred concept of folklore with an activity- and context-based concept.


folklore, folk tradition, anthropological film, quality of time, reception, wedding traditions, Kihnu.


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