Taken decades ago in Bosna. I was most impressed by the size of these things, a few of them as big as a room.They are all that is left of the Bogomil sect, which according to some was derived from Zoroastrianism. Much has been written about the origins and fate of this sect and is once upon a time important status.
The carvings include geometric motifs, horses, human figures, men bearing arms and figures with raised arm, supposedly a sign of fealty.
Below I am including a snippet of info from wikipedia.
The Stećci (singular: Stećak), are monumental medieval tombstones that lie scattered across the former Yugoslavian republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. An estimated 60,000 are found within the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of 10,000 are found in Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro. Appearing in the 12th century, the stećci reached their peak in the late 14th to 15th centuries, before dying away during the Ottoman occupation.
The photo is a scan of an old B&W film.
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ls7902 (7328) 2010-02-20 5:02
Impressive tombstones. Good quality scanned work. Nice atmosphere around the cemetery. Have not heard of this Bogomil sect before. Thanks for the notes. Regards. Latiff.
serp2000 (41316) 2010-02-20 5:49
Fine archive shot! Good scan. An interesting archeologic note. TFS!
Have a good WE!
holmertz (43275) 2010-02-20 5:50
Thanks for an informative note to accompany this interesting photo. I have read before about these slabs but I never saw any myself during my recent journeys to western Balkans. They are very impressive, to say the least. It's also an impresive scan with very good grey tones.
Dyerco (10185) 2010-02-21 7:17
The B&W suits this presentation although I guess it was taken in B&W in the first place. Well composed with a gritty look to them. This is the first I have heard of these monuments and I wonder if we will see any on our trip in August.
ellelloo (6572) 2010-03-07 8:58
Together with the interesting note this fine B&W shot is an excellent TE contribution. Your scan of a 36 year old film is really good with pleasant grey tones and rich rich details. Also perfect sharpness. TFS!
Greetings from still wintry Espoo,
Vasa (16778) 2010-03-07 14:30
još prebiram po fotkama koje si prethodno poslao i volim da idem tvojim stazama po našem "regionu". Evo još jednog vrednog dokumentarnog snimka koji se ističe informativnošću. Zanimljivi su mi detalji u ba-reljefu, a čempresi u pozadini su istinska dekoracija. Sve pohvale dragi Dado za obaj post. Puno pozdrava
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (25110)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1973-12-00
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Minolta SRT 101
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): All Saints Cemeteries I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-20 3:12