Helen of Annoy Posted January 26, 2015 #201 Share Posted January 26, 2015 Mikolaj, your posts are pure pleasure. I have to find time to learn more about all the beautiful historic details you mentioned. Just few thoughts, In short: Eggs –you must have egg cracking contests then, too. Our whole villages gather with baskets of pisanice (pysanki, coloured eggs) and search for the hardest egg through series of egg-duels. Each time your egg was cracked, you have to eat it, that’s how we limit this so it doesn’t escalate into food wasting. So the most carefully coloured eggs are for display, while the ugly but hard-looking eggs are for cracking contests. Some boil them in vinegar because they believe it will make the shell harder, some try to humorously cheat and bring wooden eggs but they are disqualified pretty soon. If only we were certain about etymology of the Croatian name, we would be closer to the accurate history of our nations. I was just coincidentally reading about root Chervo, from which both name Chervena (obviously, Crvena) Hrvatska and Serb (Chervo->Servo->Serbo, including Sorb, Sorben variation) could stem from. It would explain a lot. Personally, I don’t mind Serbs, they are our close relatives and I feel for them too. Of course, I have absolutely no tolerance for the extremist ideology that was encouraged in Serbia for the last 100 years, but other than that, I appreciate their culture, heritage and wonderful individuals that nation is crawling with. Nikola Tesla was ethnically a Serb, born in Croatia, then part of Austro-Hungary. Everyone wants a great guy to be from their tribe, so our amateur historians have dug out Nikola had Croatian blood on his mother’s side and some even propose that Tesla family was Croatian before religion was taken as the rule in deciding the nationality. Since Teslas went Orthodox, they were considered Serbs, because we had no Croatian Orthodox church. While all Catholics were put into Croats, regardless if they maybe were actual Serbs withdrawing in front of Turk invasion, for example, and switched to Catholicism. Back then, it was easy to switch from Orthodoxy to Catholicism and vice versa, because people thought that Christian is Christian, so when people moved, they’d often simply start going to the closest church, regardless if it was Orthodox or Catholic. Then we had Svetozar Boroevic, Austro-Hungarian Feldmarschall (WWI) who was definitely Orthodox and definitely a Croat. Of course, it doesn’t mean I’m trying to force Tesla or Borojevic families into Croats. But it would be nice to have Croatian Orthodox Church at last, so that people can freely choose their accurate identity. (Personally, I’d bring back our old faith too. We are celebrating all the old festivals anyway, they are just covered by various Christian names, but it’s very visible what are their roots. Our old faith is compatible with Christianity in all key parts, except the One God, but since our pantheon doesn’t have specifically named Creator, I think we even have a way to coexist without hurting each other’s theological feelings.) Preservation of culture – the same attempts to eradicate the identity through eradicating the language happened to both Ukrainians and Croats. While Serbian and Croatian are indeed similar, they are not the same, and they are so similar because Serbs almost lost their language during 500 years of Turkish rule. Their Vuk Karadzic reconstructed Serbian from Croatian and Bosnian. They expressed their gratitude later, by doing everything they could to force the Croatian out and replace it with Serbian. You were not allowed to call Croatian Croatian, you had to say the whole phrase: hrvatski ili srpski jezik (Croatian or Serbian language), or woe to you. We got that outrageous freedom only after a war almost broke out in 1970, before that it was srpsko-hrvatski (Serbo-Croatian). It was the same with our flag and our coat of arms – displaying the flag was always tricky business, it never could be seen without ex-Yu flag while displaying our coat of arms would land you in prison. We got our flag, coat of arms and language back in 1990s, it was overnight, because they were censored and distorted in ex-Yu, but never, ever forgotten. Few lost politicians were trying to curb the expression of Croatian identity even today, attempting to equate patriotism with nationalism, heritage with excess. Of course, that was a waste of time. But the structures are not doing enough, not just about heritage, they are not efficient in any segment of society. We have everything, from resources over people to geographic position, and we are still struggling. I hope that entering EU will clear the stagnant muddy waters of Croatian bureaucracy, but it is not happening fast enough. One of the reasons why is that the same families are sitting in comfy armchairs for the third generation already, exchanging political ideologies but never changing their strategy of taking care of themselves while who gives a flying duck about the nation. Still, I’m an optimist. I have a feeling there will be some progress relatively soon. 1 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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