THE SIBILA-BOOKS BY BURCENLAND CROATIANS

Author:
Irvin Lukežić; Pedagoški fakultet, Rijeka
Summary
The article deals with the sibylline prophecies, an ancient apocalyptical apocrypha, which are part of the popular literature by Burgenland Croatians. Sibylle was a prophetess in Greek legenda and literature. The word is of unknown, probably Asiatic, derivation and appears first in the Greek philosoph Heraclitus of Ephesus. Sibylline oracles were especially popular during the Hellenistic age, when are influenced by Jews and Greek Christians, and under the early Roma empire. During the Middle-Ages the number of sibyls is multiplied in various popular versions, when ancient prophetess has been accepted like anticipant of the Christ. By the Burgenland Croatians sibylline prophecies probably are translated from popular German, Hungarian or Slovenian texts. In the article are shown some textual examples from two remained pieces of Croatian Sibila-books.
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