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Koledari and Koleduvane - טיולים לרחבי העולם

The Koleduvane ritual is a direct descendant of the ancient rituals that introduced young men to manhood. In those rites there was a drama-like custom representing a journey to the world of the dead, “the other world”, the fight with its demonic inhabitants and the coming back – in short young men would die temporarily and come back to life again


 

Most often the Koledari youngsters are the grooms-to-be of the town or the village, sometimes they are the next to go to the army. They go from house to house with big wooden sticks and strike the ground while singing.


 

The leader of the Koledari is the one who blesses, he is also the only married one amongst them. In many of the Christmas songs the singers narrate about themselves, they call themselves army or brothers-in-arms, each one of them is a fighter and a rider because they have to imitate their patron, the god-warrior who was at the same time snake-fighter and brings back the cosmic waters which were blocked by the snake


 

Another symbol often used in the Koledari songs are the golden keys which unlock the locked water spring. The unlocking is done by a Good Vunak (yunak means hero in Bulgarian language) who gets to the lamb with the golden horns on the back of his flying horse whereas from the unlocked spring come out the young Koledari men.


 

The Good Yunak has a main role in the Koledari songs and represents a mighty rider. In many cases the name Good (Dobur) became the name Dobri and then songs also call him “my” or “ours”


 

He has the golden keys so he is the Master of the Universe and this heavily reminds the Thracian tradition of the horseman God. Another fact leading to this connection is a name often heard in the chorus of the songs – Bilne or Binde, also Bimne – a shortened name from Bendida, the Thracian goddess.


 

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