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(lit. “honor”), Serbian term for the celebration of a family’s patron saint, also called Krsna ime (“baptismal name”) or Sveti (“saint”); a regular patronal festival (of a church or institution) can also be called a Slava. Originally the celebration was dedicated to a family’s ancestors; after the Serbs’ conversion to Christianity, the saint who had been adopted as patron of the tribe, family, or household came to be the focus of the celebration (Feasts and festivals: V, 2). In other parts of the western Balkans, t…

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Kraft, Ekkehard, “Slava”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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