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MIGRATION, MEMORY, HERITAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL
APPROACHES TO THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER
Concluding remarks
The trips to birthplaces in Eastern Thrace are a continuous expression and confirmation of
the dual nature of collective memory – the small individual fragments of individual memory as it is
told and passed on are pieced together and arranged so as to shape the bigger picture of the oral
communal history of Thracian refugees, inherited by the descendants and preserved across time.
The journeys to re-trace the steps of ancestors are ritual materializations of individual, familial and
collective memories of Thracian Bulgarians. Alongside the individual experience of bowing to the
memory of and fulfilling the duty before the ancestors, the ritualized acts of the group accomplish
an affirmation of shared values and memory.
Translated from Bulgarian by Milena Katsarska
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