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Apart from religion and language (apart from cyrillic text), what cultural similarities are shared between south slavic and east/west slavic countries?

Apart from religion and language (apart from cyrillic text), what cultural similarities are shared between south slavic and east/west slavic countries?

GGorgi00

Folklore and myths, such as [Baba Yaga](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Yaga), also known as Baba Roga.


heretic_342

Yeah – Perun, samodiva/samovila, rusalka, etc..


branimir2208

War and corruption


Zarzavatbebrat

I would have to agree. Plus communism.


DuszanB

Well the Slavs are ethnolinguistic group so it is hard to exclude language. But apart for our common words and phrases we share the same customs. There is egg decorating and making beautiful pisanice/pysanky , masked processions in the winter period, ritual mowing of the last wheat shaft etc. Those are folk customs, practiced among people regarding their denomination, rooted in pre-christian believes when Slavs where coherent group.


Dornanian

We have all of those too :D However, I believe egg-decorating is a thing even in Germany.


DuszanB

Yes, many of those customs are Indo-European. Egg decorating is present even in Iran, they are preparing them for the Nowruz - new year celebrated at the vernal equinox.


alpidzonka

Apart from the language, I think we're about as similar to West Slavs as we are to Hungarians or even Lithuanians, depending on where they're at.


iChilliPepperBG

You know what I like. Let's say Bulgarians create a song but over the years for example a macedonian or greek ppl edit the song a bit but keep something from the original variant. For example the song Zajdi Zajdi , written by Lyuben Karavelov but throughout the years a Macedonian writer has changed it. There is also Serbian, Greek and even Turkish variant of that song. It features in battlefield 1 as well. Some ppl call it stealing but I think it's like every country in their own way make it amazing. [The song](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lY8uTaUM8Bg). [and the history behind it](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zajdi,_zajdi,_jasno_sonce)


Pogrom999

>say Bulgarians create a song but over the years for example a macedonian or greek ppl edit the song No u /s


iChilliPepperBG

Yh I know we edit some of ur songs as well but we make it amazing in our own way


AndreilLimbo

Enormous consumption of an alcoholic drink that can be used as gasoline with the right machine modifications I suppose.


justincaseonlymyself

First of, religion is not necessarily shared. Some countries are predominately Catholic, and some are predominately Orthodox. I'd also say that there isn't anything notable that would be a similarity worth pointing out besides the language. At least nothing that wouldn't be shared with most of the other European countries.


PhlebotinumEddie

The bit about religion was a mistake on my part, I am already aware of the differences between slavic countries in terms of religion.


Rakijosrkatelj

Nothing universal, really. Slovenes and northern Croats (plus, perhaps, the Vojvodina Serbs) might be culturally slightly closer to Western Slavs. On the other hand, most Serbs, as well as Bulgarians and Montenegrins, might have this perceived cultural similarity to Eastern Slavs, though this is almost exclusively based on religion and (past) nationalist politics. For all intents and purposes, South Slavs (excluding most Slovenes and half of the Croats) can be marked in two major belts, the Mediterranean/Submediterranean one and the deep Balkan one, and neither of those are similar to the Western or Eastern Slavic world.


[deleted]

It would be much easier to list what we don't have in common - one such thing I think would be a difference in mentality that stems from the Mediterranean influence on South Slavs.


PhlebotinumEddie

I am sure this must be even more apparent when it comes to food?


Zarzavatbebrat

Yeah I think our food is quite different. We use a lot more peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, paprika, feta cheese, that type of stuff. Russian and Polish food is weird to me. I like some of it quite a lot, but it's just unusual at first.


nbgdblok45

I ate a soup with an egg when I was in Russia


Zarzavatbebrat

Like a boiled egg?


nbgdblok45

Yes, disgusting


Dornanian

We have that thing over here too, but it's mostly a thing in Moldova.


Dornanian

Damn maybe you guys do it, but here feta cheese is not that common and veggies...unless you mean potatoes, we're not big fans of them.


Zarzavatbebrat

By feta cheese I mean white brine cheese, I thought you guys had that? And the veggies thing depends on the family. Some families eat almost entirely just meat. But there are also a lot of veggie dishes for people who like them. My family never ate much meat.


[deleted]

Yeah, but I think a difference in behavior is more important. From what I've seen, South Slavs tend to be much more gregarious and just cheerful in general compared to East Slavs who come off as much gloomier and melancholic (not as much as, but resembling Finns, Estonians, Latvians etc.).


PhlebotinumEddie

I have noticed this, my mom has a Ukrainian neighbor who is quite friendly, granted she has been living in the states for quite some time. You don't mention west slavs though, is this melancholic attitude not common from your perspective among them?


[deleted]

I'm honestly not sure how to characterize them since I find them really weird. I've met people from Poland (and I study Polish), CR, I've been to Slovakia and I've read a few classical authors and my conclusion is that in general, Poles seem the harshest (those guys just love sarcasm), Czechs seem the most sensitive (and quite melancholy and poetic) and Slovaks are kinda like shy Serbs. I really can't explain this much better, the differences are too nuanced and subtle and whenever I get to talk to these people or visit these countries, it just feels like home, but confusingly slightly different. What was pretty surprising for me though was how similar Polish and Italian view of sex and love is. Same issues and attitudes are depicted in both of their cinematographies, clearly originating from Catholicism.


DuszanB

As long as there is sarma/gołąbky/голубцы we will be fine. :D


verylateish

Hungarian