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Old 05-25-2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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Marko Cepenkov was a Macedonian literary figure and collector of songs and stories from Macedonia. He was born in Prilep in 1829, and from the age of 17 he resided in various places in Macedonia, including Struga, Krushevo, Ohrid and Bitola. From 1856 he began to collect folklore material, encouraged and influenced by two other contemporary literary figures from Macedonia, Dimitar Miladinov and Kuzman Shapkarev. Eventually, he followed in the footsteps of many of his Macedonian kinsmen and moved out of Ottoman-occupied Macedonia to the recently created Bulgarian kingdom.

During the 1800's the people of Macedonia and Bulgaria were quite often working together as a bulwark against the agressive policies of the Greek kingdom and Constantinople Patriarchate. They only had the choice of attending Greek schools aside from those with teachers that held private classes. The common 'banner' under which they resisted external efforts to turn them into peoples who were primarily Greek in speech, culture and identity, was the 'Bulgarian' name. This greatly assisted Bulgarian efforts at assimilating the Macedonians, which was further strengthened by the creation of an Exarchate Church (with Ottoman approval) to counter the influence of the Constantinople Patriarchate. It was in this type of environment and those circumstances that Marko Cepenkov grew up and lived his life. Therefore, as unfortunate as it may be, like many other Macedonians of his time, he too became indoctrinated with Bulgarian propaganda from his early years, which often prompted him to refer to his language as 'Bulgarian'. Of course, his language was not Bulgarian, but Macedonian, and his particular dialect is still in popular use in Macedonia and among Macedonians in the Diaspora.

He lives in the memory of the Macedonian people not for his support for the revolutionary struggle for freedom like Delcev or Karev, nor for his position on the clash between Macedonian and Bulgarian elements, but instead as a gifted literary figure, national revivalist and famous folklore collector. He died in 1920, alone and poor, and away from his motherland.

Here is the front cover and a page of his Zbornik, which was published in 1892. His dialect is almost identical to the way people speak today in Macedonian cities such as Bitola and Prilep.

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Here is an English translation of Marko Cepenkov's stories, which was done by Fay Thomev. It is in a PDF version and the clarity isn't the best, but still can be read:

http://www.mling.ru/etnolingvistika/.../folktales.pdf


This below is apparently from Aleksander Donski - The descendants of Alexander the Great of Macedon... pages 229 - 233. Does anybody have the works of Cepenkov so we can confirm and see the full text in Macedonian?
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“Consider, dear children, the great Tsar Alexander, whom we venerate until the present day!” - Marko Tsepenkov, Folklore compiler, 1899
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Here is a Macedonian version of Cepenkov's stories, in which there is reference to Alexander. Again, this needs to be downloaded on PDF:

http://www.mling.ru/etnolingvistika/...a/predania.pdf

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Many thanks, great stuff, interesting tales. I'm reading through to see if there are any tales I can relate to that may have been passed on by parents and grandparents!
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I was thinking to do the same thing at some point, our literature and folklore is very rich, Macedonia has plenty of culture.
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I was thinking to do the same thing at some point, our literature and folklore is very rich, Macedonia has plenty of culture.
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Indeed Macedonia does have plenty of culture, I'm only just starting to discover how much of that culture I have been carrying around for many years without even realising it !!!!!!!!! Still, that is just one of the many benefits of the "Truth".....in particular the "Macedonian Truth".........even more particularly........"The Macedonian Truth Organisation".....for bringing it to my attention!
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culture & folkrore are things which attest to macedonian existence.We havent been just created since 1945.We are a lot longer than that.Look at the way our enemies have denied our culture,literature etc when one examines the truth & yes the mto brings out the best of the macedonian culture.
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Some of the stories recorded by Cepenkov have interestingly set Alexander as a figure during Ottoman times, which would suggest that his legend was adapted in Macedonian folklore to suit the contemporary era. Below is one such example, but even more interestng is the way he describes both Alexander and Misirkov as Macedonians.

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