Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
Hurst, 1999 - 233 pages
Heavenly Serbia traces Serbia's expansionist impulses to Serbian national mythology. The dominant myth - that of "Heavenly Serbia" - appeared soon after the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. It attributed the Serb's defeat by the Turks and the loss of the medieval Serbian state to the Serb's preference for moral salvation over military victory. By emphasizing their commitment to the heavenly kingdom and promising an eventual restoration of the Serbian empire, this myth helped the Serbs to bear their centuries-long domination by a foreign power. Though they ultimately shed the Turkish yoke and regained statehood in the nineteenth century, the Serbs, according to Anzulovic, retained this central myth in the form of feelings of superiority to their neighbors, and a sense of destiny ordaining them to become the dominant power in the Balkans. The myth has been perpetuated by political and religious leaders, historians, novelists, and artists, and has found acceptance abroad as well.
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Besides the saints it shares with other Orthodox churches , the Serbian church
celebrates fifty - nine national saints . ... The first such family is that of Saint Sava
himself : his father , mother , and brother are also Serbian saints . Another four ...
Thus in the twentieth century he arrived at Saint Sava ' s idea , and as a layman
undertook the most important task in his nation that befits a saint , genius , and
hero . ” 36 Saint - Savaism ( Svetosavlje ) is a common Serbian term for the ...
A Serbian scholar points out the warlike character of both Saint Lazar and Saint
Sava , the two greatest Serbian Orthodox saints , and the pagan influences in the
cult that surrounds them : Deeply rooted in the old Serbian religion before the ...
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An independent scholar living in Washington, DC, Anzulovic interprets Serbia's violent history as a consequence of historical legacies: Saint Sava's mystical identification of the church and nation ... Read full review
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