Author: Henryk Jurkowski
Year of publication: 2015
Source: Show
Pages: 99-108
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PDF: pomi/01/pomi201506.pdf

Vertep. Vertep is a part of the group of religious representations belonging equally to the church rituals as well as to the foll<lore customs. It was born with the other mystery plays to- gether having their origins in the iconographic Gospel representations such as ”Christ cribs” in Byzantium and subsequently the performances of the Birth of the Infant such as the famous performance act prepared by saint Francisque from Asis in 1223. Later, the local puppet pre- sentation of ”Nahvity" had developed. They were ”Navidad” and ”Nahvite'” in the western Euro- pe and their counterparts in the middle Europe. Their common origin were the church utensils such as tabernacle or the small cabinet altar called retablo. These presentah'ons in the middle Europe were called ”crib” or ”szopka” while in eastern Europe ”vertep”. The ”Nativity” included the shepherds' homage, the Three Kings) homage as well as the massacre of lnnocents and l-lerod's punishment. Later on the new secular motifs and characters appeared, representing problems of the foll< life. At the time of modernism, real arb'sts showed interest in „Nativityl' giving it a new arh'sh'c interpretah'on. Vertep as a variety of ”Nativity” has its own properh'es and seems to be an independent product of the Ukrainian culture.

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