XVII, 2021, 1

Romanian-Cyrillic Glosses from the Arad “Kormchei” | p. 137–142

articles, glosses, Kormchei, non-canonical practices, popular customs


Our contribution refers to the particularities of the Romanian-Cyrillic glosses from the “Kormchei” dated 1470–1480 and kept in the funds of the Library of the Episcopate of Arad. The glosses are made in two writings, dating back to the end of the 18th century – the beginning of the 19th century. Both scribes sometimes replace Cyrillic characters with Latin characters and periodically use Slavonic words. The choice of certain articles to be commented on the margins of the manuscript of the “Kormchei” reflects the interest of the authors of the glosses towards those provisions whose application was relevant for their time. The comments correspond to real cases from parish practice and record at the same time the functionality of some popular customs and of some non-canonical practices in the Romanian Principalities at the turn of the 18th century.