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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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Sobótka   Kupala Night   bonfire   Saint John’s Eve   mugwort   The Midsummer Songabout Sobótka   Early Modern Polish literature


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


Noc swietojanska (Midsummer night) is associated with the very distant times when the sun and water wereworshipped. At that time the Slavs paid special attention to astronomical phenomena resulting from the Earth’srotation around the Sun. The time of the summer solstice appeared to be a time of great celebration, as evidenced bythe wide range of nomenclature defining the entirety of these rites: Kupalnocka, Kupala, noc swietojanska or Sobótka.It is also very likely that this celebration has become a Christian equivalent of the pre-existing cult of a pagan deity,as evidenced by, for example, numerous Midsummer rites: clapping, playing, singing, dancing, jumping around thefire, girding oneself with mugwort. Performing night dances, singing and pairing up became the basis not only foraccusations by preachers that pagan idols were being glorified, but it even began to arouse anxiety among moralists,who considered the above-mentioned acts debauched. Although Catholics and Protestants tried to combat thecustoms related to the sobótka, Jan Kochanowski decided to maintain these folk traditions.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław