Original song from the Journal of the Ethnographic museum in Belgrade, book 1, published in 1926.Serbian, Cyrilic
It was sang by the groom during the erection of the flag on top of his family house, the day before he goes to pick the bride...
Originally, according to the ethnographic records from 1926, this flag was some kind of family flag. At 1920's it was more and more replaced by the Serbian flag (when this area became part of Southern Serbia after WW1) and now it's Macedonian flag (as this is now part of Macedonia, since the WW2)...
To me, the strangest thing about this wedding song, is not that groom sings about bridal suicide the day before he goes to pick up the bride 🙂. The strangest thing about this song is that the runaway bride does not jump into Vardar (the biggest river in Macedonia) or any river that flows near Galičnik. She runs 600km away and jumps into Danube...
Did this song actually originate much much further up north, somewhere along Danube?
I believe that this is quite possible as another song, which is sang by girls during the dressing of the groom goes like this:
Original song from the Journal of the Ethnographic museum in Belgrade, book 6, published in 1931. Serbian, Cyrilic
This songs doesn't talk about going to Skopje, the biggest city in Macedonia, or any other town or village in the ares to get the girl. It talks about going to Budim (the oldest part of today's Hungarian capital Budapest), to get a Budim girl!!!
This is over 900km up north!!!
So were did the people who originally composed these wedding songs live? And when did they move down to Galičnik?