FOLK SONGS ABOUT VIOLENT CONVERSION OF ALBANIANS INTO ORTHODOX CONFESSION BY NEIGHBOURING SLAVS Cover Image
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KËNGËT POPULLORE PËR KONVERTIMIN E DHUNSHËM TË SHQIPTARËVE NË FENË ORTODOKSE NGA FQINJËT SLLAVË
FOLK SONGS ABOUT VIOLENT CONVERSION OF ALBANIANS INTO ORTHODOX CONFESSION BY NEIGHBOURING SLAVS

Author(s): Adem Zejnullahu
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore
Published by: Instituti Albanologjik i Prishtinës
Keywords: FOLK SONGS ; VIOLENT CONVERSION ; ALBANIANS ; ORTHODOX CONFESSION ; NEIGHBOURING SLAVS

Summary/Abstract: In this paper there are discussed efforts of the Serbian and Montenegrin invaders for violent conversion of Albanian population from their faith into orthodox confession, mainly from Muslim faith, according to historical folk songs in the Province of Plavë, Guci and the Dukagjini Plain. After the invasion of our lands by the Serbian and Montenegrin military forces, immediately begins a terror and ethnocide over Albanian population. At first, the invaders started with collecting of the arms, by announcing the leaders of the population dangerous for their state with the purpose to kill them and so intimidate among the population. Afterwards they began with persecutions, plunders, bea-tings, arrests and individual and collective killings. In this ethnocide campaign there were killed hundreds of innocent Albanians despite their age or gender (sex), just because they did not want to convert themselves to their invader’s faith, who was aiming at ethnic cleansing of Albanian territories and their populating with homestead colons. Albanian historical folk songs inform in details the listener with developments of events during the years 1912-1913, killing of a great number of Albanians in Previ and in some villages of Dukagjin, etc. what influenced that a great number of Albanians emigrate to Albania and Turkey. These songs describe in a special way resistance of Albanian people against converting plague of the invader, but also crimes most macabre committed by criminals like Avro Cemi and Savo Batarja in the Province of Plavë, Guci and of Dukagjini Plain.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 36
  • Page Range: 093-110
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Albanian