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Făgăraș as Jerusalem? Interethnic and interreligious ethos in Transylvania

Toroczkai C. Iulian, Olivia Andrei
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4492 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4492 | © 2017 Toroczkai C. Iulian, Olivia Andrei | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 2016 | Published: 20 June 2017

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Toroczkai C. Iulian, Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and Department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Olivia Andrei, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and Department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The study presents Transylvania as a space of ethnic-religious tolerance, having as a case studythe image of the town Făgăraș, as depicted in Eginald Schlattner’s novels. This space appearsas one of a heavenly nuance, based on a long tradition of coexistence of the members ofdifferent ethnic groups and religions. However, the inter-war and post-war period means theemergence of new challenges posed by the confrontation with the harmful effects of the twoideologies: Nazism and Communism. In this way, the dramas of the socio-historical contextinterweave with elements forming young Eginald. They will remain a constant in the writer’slife, offering Făgăraș the role of a forming educational array, with a paradigmatic value.

Keywords

ecumenism; religious tolerance; heavenly space; Făgăraș; Transylvania; Eginald Schlattner

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