The Religious life of Romanians in 18th-20th century Hungary, reflected in the works of researchers in the Hungarian space

  • Alin Cristian Scridon West University of Timișoara, Department of Romanian Studies, Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, Timisoara, Bd-ul. Vasile Parvan Nr. 4 Cod postal: 300223 Romania
Keywords: The Romanian Orthodox Church, Hungary, Elena Csobai, Emilia Martin

Abstract

Aim. We tend to believe that the religious life of Romanians in the diaspora – living in the proximity of the Romanian borders (we do not take into account the groups that left towards Spain, Italy, Germany, and so on at the beginning of the third millennium) - is a taboo subject. The Orthodox (Romanian) clerical elite focused less on the assiduous study of the religious life of their Romanian brothers outside the borders; in this case, in Hungary. Therefore, we have the scientific duty—but more importantly, the moral duty—to bring to light the truths that are either not known or are known in a distorted form. The road of Voniga (Giula-Giroc)  that we followed during the PhD research period was a blessing from the point of view of a scientific void/niche.

Methods. In our study, we have applied two “simple” components: the archive and the specialised bibliography.

Results. The archive was largely preserved only by Elena Csobai and Emilia Martin. The respectable ladies professionally structured the archive (Romanian Orthodox Church in Hungary) and saved hundreds of research sources from the depth of history.

Conclusion. As Moisa noted (2011), the puzzling ethnographic, linguistic, cultural, and historical bulk material is without a doubt focused on the Church. The church is inextricably linked to the lives of Romanians in Hungary. Going through the tens of thousands from the mentioned fields, even superficially, there is an undeniable truth: the spirituality is present, more or less, in the writings of most of the select researchers who have worked in the scientific field for the past three decades.

Author Biography

Alin Cristian Scridon, West University of Timișoara, Department of Romanian Studies, Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, Timisoara, Bd-ul. Vasile Parvan Nr. 4 Cod postal: 300223 Romania

Priest and lecturer at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology -  West University of Timisoara, Romania. He has a PhD in Theology, a PhD in History, a masters degree in Theology, and two BA in: Pastoral Theology and History. He authored books, studies and papers in East European History (the church and society in 19th and 20th century)

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Published
2020-09-11
How to Cite
Scridon, A. C. (2020). The Religious life of Romanians in 18th-20th century Hungary, reflected in the works of researchers in the Hungarian space. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 11(2), 422-428. https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs2020.2.422.428
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