APA 6th Edition Đaković, B. (2002). POLAZNIK, POLAŽENIK: PRVI BOŽIĆNI GOST ČESTITAR. Etnološka tribina, 32 (25), 27-38. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/27673
MLA 8th Edition Đaković, Branko. "POLAZNIK, POLAŽENIK: PRVI BOŽIĆNI GOST ČESTITAR." Etnološka tribina, vol. 32, no. 25, 2002, pp. 27-38. https://hrcak.srce.hr/27673. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition Đaković, Branko. "POLAZNIK, POLAŽENIK: PRVI BOŽIĆNI GOST ČESTITAR." Etnološka tribina 32, no. 25 (2002): 27-38. https://hrcak.srce.hr/27673
Harvard Đaković, B. (2002). 'POLAZNIK, POLAŽENIK: PRVI BOŽIĆNI GOST ČESTITAR', Etnološka tribina, 32(25), pp. 27-38. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/27673 (Accessed 18 January 2021)
Vancouver Đaković B. POLAZNIK, POLAŽENIK: PRVI BOŽIĆNI GOST ČESTITAR. Etnološka tribina [Internet]. 2002 [cited 2021 January 18];32(25):27-38. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/27673
IEEE B. Đaković, "POLAZNIK, POLAŽENIK: PRVI BOŽIĆNI GOST ČESTITAR", Etnološka tribina, vol.32, no. 25, pp. 27-38, 2002. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/27673. [Accessed: 18 January 2021]
Abstracts The custom of the reception of polaznik, a person paying the first visit to a household, belongs to the body of customs connected with Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the majority of which has been structured as a recognizable whole encompassing about forty days of that period. However, certain elements located outside
of the very “core” have been intertwining, mixing and complementing each other. Polaznik (and other derivatives of the term) abounds in examples of the ritual practice, which offer great opportunities for an analytical approach. Polaznik is most often a younger man, rarely a woman, characterized by pleasant physical and other features and
qualities; in some places polaznik is also an animal (ox, sheep, cock). As a rule, this person is considered to be a messenger of happiness, abundance and progress for the visited family. The custom has been practiced by the majority of the Slavic peoples, although it has been irregularly regionally distributed, then among the Hungarians,
certain Caucasian peoples and in China. It has been registered in certain variants in northern and eastern Tyrol, in Great Britain, earlier to a great extent, and even nowadays with some transformations. In analytical sense, the magic component of the ritual is certainly of great interest (the procedure with the yule-log and the hearth, various fruits and so on), as well as the interfusion of various cultural elements from the contents of the agrarian and cattle-raising calendar. The presence of manistic notions connected with the
ancestor worship has been noted, as well as its zoomorphic and anthropomorphic origins, and certainly its characteristic of a rite of passage.