Romanian-Saxon Intercultural Aspects in Braşov
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, 3, 2 (2011) 193-198
The Saxon civilization becomes a factor of unique significance due to the guilds that turned medieval Braşov into an oasis of freedom and material welfare. The Saxon civilization functions as a catalysing element in the cultural, literary and spiritual development of the Romanians. The two nations co-existed, one bearing the stigmata of a minority, they lived in the same geographic area, but not together. However, the influences from the main culture to the one undergoing a process of sedimentation were of major importance.
The notion of cultural diversity needs no more explanation. It has been researched from socio-political, anthropological, historical, cultural perspectives, proving its substance in a unified Europe and a globalised world. The most suggestive approach seems to be that of Kevin Wilson in his ample work dedicated to this phenomenon, Aspects of European Cultural Diversity: “everyday life, learned behavioural patterns, interfacing knowledge, conventions and specific signs of identification shared by the members of a given community and transmitted both consciously and unconsciously”.