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In accord ance with the treaty, as Theophanes says82, the Slavic tribes, under their own tribal leaders, were moved from their set tlements and planted on the fringe of the territory occupied ed. C. de Boor, Leipzig, 1883, vol. 2, p. 405, places the event in 679. 30. 31. Theophanes, Chronographia, 32. Theophanes, op. , op. , vol. I, p. 359. I, p. 357-59. THE RISE OF SLAVIC CHRISTIANITY 27 Theophanee, op. , v. p. 761-5. 3 ,3. I, a I a it, by the Bulgars, to guard it against the Avars. At the center of this strategic and well-protected territory lay Pliska, northeast of Shumla, where the sublime khan, as the ruler of the Bulgars was called, built his palace and held court.
Ancestor worship has survived in the Slavic Balkans in the forms of the Bulgarian sadushnitsa — a species of the Roman Catholic "all souls' day" — and the Serbian slava. On these days, the people still bring food and drink to the graves of their dead, a patent survival of the rites performed in ancient times in connection with the worship of the house hold ded. Similarly, various sacrifices and pagan rites were by no means uncommon among the Balkan Slavs throughout the centuries in connection with sowing, reaping, cattle breeding, digging of foundations, weddings, funerals, and other significant occasions in their lives.
VIII Papa, Fragmenta, Ep. 7, p. 277. 37, p. 294-5. 40, p. 296. 62-67. 58-60. 61-62-66. Begesta, I, No. 3133, p. 397. op. , I, No. 3246, p. 408; No. 3261 p. 410; No. 3265. THE CONVERSION OF BORIS 45 He was willing to acknowledge Photius providing that Bulgaria be returned to his jurisdiction. The Council of 879 which was to bring about a satis and blandishments. factory arrangement between the two parties met in Con stantinople, and in the absence of the emperor, rendered completely apathetic to all public concerns by the death of his son, Constantine, was dominated by Photius.