Holy oak grove covering Glavica (Head) hill in South Western Serbia hides a mysterious medieval Serbian cemetery. Thousands of huge stone monuments of unusual shapes cover the conical hill. They are all placed in circles around a huge ancient oak tree which grows on the hill's summit. Next to the oak trunk stands a stone altar table.
The most unusual ones are the huge carved stone blocks in the form of fish, like this one.
The cemetery is located at the very end of a fertile Deževo valley below the steep slopes of Mount Golija, near the village of Ljuljac. The valley is locally known as the "Valley of the kings" because it once was the location of the court of the Serbian Nemanjić family.
Unfortunately there is no money, or interest, for any further archaeological investigation of the site.
It’s hard not to think of the biblical tree of life and the Christian fish symbol. Either way, beautifully fused Christian and Pre-Christian symbolism.ReplyDelete
Yes I think we are here looking at early mix of Christianity and paganism. In Serbian medieval texts these people were called "poluverci" (halfbelievers) and in Russia they were called "dvoverci" (double believers, believers in two things at the same time)Delete