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Curiosities and folklore

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CURIOSITIES, QUOTES AND FOLKORE

Interesting stories are part of Ravno Municipality's heritage. This area is also rich in various curiosities and interesting events that have occurred through the history of this Municipality.

Here are some of them we think you'll find interesting.

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Ravno was the first place which attempted to organize a united resistance front against the Ottomans, and it was the place where, in 1604, representatives of all three religions met and gave their signatures, which the diplomat, friar Dominik Andrijašević, carried to Wien to the Austrian emperor Rudolph, seeking his help in the fight against the Ottoman rule.

Trebimlja is a village which contains quite a few old roman remains, as it was built over an old roman settlement, which was built due to its extremely convenient position and nearby water supply.

Houses in Ravno were built exclusively by the families that lived there, and each family had its own artisan who knew how to use the neccessary tools, which is why the village of Ravno was earlier known as “Čekićevo Selo” (The village of hammers, or The hammer village), named as such after the sound of hammers which echoed throughout the village.

A folk tale tells that one time, while the women were washing and cleaning clothes at the pond, one of them slipped and fell in it. Their screams were heard by an old man who took to running towards the pond. The woman claimed, under the oath of church authorities, that a black ram appeared in the pond and went straight towards her.

A few moments later, a figure of don Raguž appeared between her and the ram, and saved her. In the meantime, the old man jumped into the pond to get her out to the shore and, seeing that scene unfold in front of him, said that he would never again jump inside that pond.

Đure Kriste Pećko, hailing from Trebimlja, as the leader of the Croatian legation from southeast Herzegovina, has met and greeted the emperor Francis Joseph while in Rudine, during the spring of 1875. He held a speech which was so emotive it reportedly made the emperor cry.

The streets and steps of Ravno are really narrow and it made it hard for loaded horses to pass through. Nikola Bukvić (Malkanov) was the first to make use of Argentinian architectural innovation of trimmed house roofs. This architectural technique has saved the lives and heads of many local drunkards and alcoholics.

Belief in fairies and stuhas (male witches) still persists in Popovo field. A local folk tale tells of a rope between the mounains of Žaba and Velež, which was kept in place by iron tools, which the fairies used for travel between the mountains.

Even though fairies and stuhas easily seduced youngsters, fairies were considered as good and positive, while stuhas were associated with whirlpools and bad weather.

 

The Slavs, early inhabitants of Popovo and its surroundings, have worshipped Perun, a slavic deity of thunder and lightning, which was in conflict with the worship of saint Ilija the Thunderer. Traces of early Christianization of those Slavs can be found on the Satulija peak (saint Ilija peak) above Dubljani, while the cult of Perun could have been transfused into the worship of saint Mihovil and saint George.

Remains of those early beliefs can be found at the graveyard, which until 1990 was named as Na Perunu (At the Perun) ili Na Peruni (At the Peruna).

 

The tale tells of a flood in Belenići, which caused the the grave near the church of st. Ilija to be opened, which made it possible for a mummified body to be seen. At the same time a girl Nika Zečeva (Zec) from Majkovi fell ill with sickness. She dreamt that she would make a full recovery if she took the hand from the body in that grave, so she did exactly that. She was fully healed, and she took the hand with herself in the chest used to store attire.

Soon after, frequent hailstorms fell upon Belenići and Kijev Do, so the locals asked for the hand to be returned. As soon as the hand was returned, the hailstorms stopped.

 

The language of animals (an inarticualte language) could only be understood by a rare few. And so it was that an inhabitant of Popovo has heard a rooster crowing: “Velja Sela any time, but Doljani never.”.
Soon after
, the rebels raided Doljani, which were never inhabited again.