Born in Zagreb (1950). Graduated in comparative literature and philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. MA in 1977 and PhD in 1989, also in Zagreb. Since 1976 he has been working at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research. Between 1999-2011 he has been the Director of the Institute. Retired in 2014. Hobbies: photography & painting.