Wedding Party Cemeteries - Problems of Research Cover Image

"Svatovska groblja” - problemi istraživanja
Wedding Party Cemeteries - Problems of Research

Author(s): Vlajko Palavestra
Subject(s): Archaeology, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Oral history, Middle Ages
Published by: Akademija Nauka i Umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: Wedding party cemeteries; oral tales and epic; Bosnia and Herzegovina; unknown old cemeteries; tombstones; old fighting custom; medieval necropolis;

Summary/Abstract: The term “Wedding party cemeteries” in oral tales and epic from Bosnia and Herzegovina describes deserted, unknown old cemeteries or certain tomb stones, mainly stone ones, for which people do not remember the time of their erection nor the deceased which were buried there. The oral tales about ’’wedding party cemeteries” tell that those are graves of Wedding party participants who met there a long time ago, and according to the old custom, fought with each other and lost their lives. In reality, in most cases these are medieval necropolis from 14th - 15th century, or some small Muslim village cemeteries from different periods of the Ottoman Empire. ’’Wedding party cemeteries” and oral tales about them can be found in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as other territories in Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and some parts of Croatia.

  • Issue Year: 1997
  • Issue No: 30
  • Page Range: 113-116
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bosnian