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Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Jasmin with his collegue from the Missing Person's Agency in Mostar, Sanja Mulac, who accompanied us to Stolac where she lives. There were many jokes about the toughness of Hercegovkinje! Joking, yet with pride.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Posing in front of the many stecak's (stecci) found in Radimlja near Stolac. This stacak, though hard to make out in this photo, is the one seen frequently in promotional material on Bosnia. It picures a man with his arm raised and hand open. A real symbol of Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
These stonework gravestones date from 13th-15th century Medieval Bosnia or even earlier. Built by followers of the Bosnian church and Bogumils, they remain quite a mystery.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Stecci reflect the rich blend of Romanised Illyrians and incoming Slavs which mix ritual, belief and mythology.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Symbols vary, portraying crosses, symbols of purity, swords, people and animals.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
This art form continued into Ottoman times and well into the 16th century.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Over 60,000 stecci are found throughout Bosnia and Hercegovina. Radimlja holds the largest grouping of 122, according to Tim Clancy in his excellent "Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Bradt Travel Guide."
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Horses are found on many of these stecci. Dancers figure prominently, as well.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
My friends were disgusted that a highway had been built right through the field of stecci.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Sanja and Jasmin enjoying the riches of their heritage.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
My first view of Stolac included this house on a steep hillside. You can just make out an old gentleman playing with his dog on the porch.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Sadly, there is still much evidence of war's tragedy in Stolac. Mostar, too, was still full of destroyed buildings.