Slovenian and Polish Religio-National Mythologies: A Comparative Analysis
Religion, State & Society, Vol. 31, No. 3, (2003)
Religio-National Mythology: Some Theoretical Considerations
Nation-building processes in Central and Eastern Europe differed considerably from those in the West: cultural, linguistic and religious elements were of vital importance. This text is intended to analyse, in a comparative manner, Slovenian and Polish religio-national mythologies, and the role of institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church – ‘Rimsko-katolis ̆ka cerkev’ or ‘Kos ́ciól/ Rzymsko-Katolicki’ – in their creation, development and transformation. I shall begin with a comparison of the similarities and notable differences between the historical backgrounds of the two nations, important for this topic, and continue with a comparison of Slovenian and Polish religio-national mythologies.
The methodology I have applied was developed by American sociologist of religion Michael Sells in his analyses of the ‘Christoslavic’ religio-national mythology of the South Slavs involved in the recent Balkan wars (particularly the Serbs).