Hrenova pridiga ob polaganju temeljnega kamna za kapucinski samostan v Ljubljani
Hren's Sermon upon Setting of the Foundation Stone for the Capuchin Monestary in Ljubljana

Julijana Visočnik



The author presents a draft for a sermon or a speech, which was given by Tomaž Hren at the consecration on 25th April 1607 of the foundation stone for the new Capuchin monastery in Ljubljana (today park Zvezda in the centre of Ljubljana). This draft was quoted and used primarily as a proof for the existence of pagan beliefs in old Slavic gods even in the 17th century. Since the mentioned draft has not yet been presented as a whole, the context of mentioning Lada, Plejn, and Poberin has not been known; therefore scholars were left on their own for interpretation. The author wants to bridge this gap. Since we have only a draft of Hren’s sermon, we do not know the text that was actually spoken. Therefore it will never be clear how much of his attention was actually dedicated to the Slavic gods, which are only mentioned in the draft.

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