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About Hospitality And Tolerance In South-Eastern Europe

Author(s): Petru Bejan

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 9;
Issue: 26;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: culture of hospitality | tolerance | ethos of identities | difference | intolerance | xenophobia | alienation | cosmopolitanism | transnational mobility and solidarity

We almost can’t find among the countries of the East one not to praise or to display as own virtues – particular or specific – hospitality and tolerance. In fact, to project such qualities in a privileged register of categories is a part of a quasi-generalized imagologic strategy meant to valorize the positive character of some traits – ethnic, national or belonging to a group. Each country needs a favorable mythology, luxuriant in fairytales, heroes, acts of bravery, one in which to be able to project its obsessions and nostalgias, composing a self image as good as possible. Is the fervor of idealization a sin? Certainly not, if the purposes are reasonable, and not subjected to some insidious ideological or propagandistic finalities.
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