No. XXXV (2004)

The Vlach Funeral Laments – Tradition Revisited

Annemarie Sorescu Marinković
Independent researcher, Belgrade

Published 01.12.2004


  • Vlachs,
  • funeral laments,
  • Serbia,
  • Romanian minority,
  • Balkans

How to Cite

Sorescu Marinković, A. (2004). The Vlach Funeral Laments – Tradition Revisited. Balcanica - Annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, (XXXV), 199–222.


In the present study I have analyzed three Vlach funeral laments, audio-recorded in 2004, during the fieldtrip to Valakonje, near Boljevac, Serbia. I have taken into discussion the dynamics of the Vlach community and its present state, with the coexistence of conservatism and transformation. The paper focuses on the performer and shows how, in spite of the fact that she is a guest worker, she is a perfect bearer of tradition.


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