Body and soul. On the human body in Macedonian folk culture
The article focuses upon examining some basic categories which reveal aspects of the cultural and symbolical perception of man regarding his body in Macedonian folk culture. Based on an analysis of ethnographic and folklore material, the author concludes that man as an entity has two basic components: a physical one and a spiritual one. He then dedicates himself to an analysis of the mythological concept of man’s creation and an analysis of the human body as a basic cultural code and system of symbols. The article is based on the author’s recent ethnographic field research in Macedonia, carried out in the areas of Strumica, Prilep, Veles, Poreča and Kumanovo.