The Serbs

People of Serbia are the best Serbian brand ! ‘Serbs are a Balkan people of mixed Serb, Illyrian, Vlach (Wallach), Slav and possibly Dacian and Thracian ancestry. The Serb ethnonym itself may be, according to many sources, older than either the Aryan or the Slav one. The Serbs still retain, as their national moral ideal, the historically recorded ancient Aryan reverence for sincerity, bravery, generosity and honesty, regardless of how far away many of them may stand from such values’ /Momcilo Selic/. Serbs are generally of “Balkan genetics“, imaginative and creative and strong people, but highly family-oriented.

Many find the Serbian people are very warm, proud, brave, passionate, open-minded, credulous, enterprising, generous, traditional, caring and extremely hospitable. Without prior booking, it is strongly recommended to ask your guesthouse owners if they can suggest somewhere to stay in your next destination. People from Serbia (especially younger generations) can speak at least some English, which makes communication with foreign visitors a bit easier. Tourists, especially Americans, are not very common yet, and locals are especially thrilled when one takes an active interest in Serbian culture and History. A handshake with an introduction of who you are is usually an appropriate greeting style for both male and female Serbs. A handshake is a form of respect and it is often found rude if one does not acknowledge a person by introducing him or herself with a shake hand. As you become familiar 3 times – left-right-left- kissing may be used as common way of communication in Serbia in relation with Orthodox religion.

Dinaric people whose part are the Serbs, feature live spirit and refined intellect, enriched with vivacious and varied sensitivity, that often go along with their rich imagination, as well as real impulse of excitement and anger. In their actions, Serbs are often inspired by ethical and spiritual impetus, while the material issues play the second role. In order to generate the largest portion of their strength, one should touch into the emotions, sensitivity and individual and national pride of the Serbs, whose matter of honor and the ideal of justice and freedom need to be highlighted. Those are the main causes which generate the passion of the Dinaric people in general, and reasons for conflicts that occur between them. Those reasons make the happy or unhappy courses and outcomes of their lives, much more than from selfishness, avidity and greed. The racial instinct of huge energy, and instinct for life and growth and instinct for their position in the world and their large contribution to it, are widely mixed with those inspirations. The Dinaric person does not believe in any obstacle he-she would not be able to overcome. His-her self-confidence is boundless and commitment infinite. However, those virtues of the Dinaric people and the Serbs also have the negative sides. The sensitivity often make them doing thoughtless things. When they lack experience this strong sensitivity make them naive. They often go along their sentiment and indelicate optimism. Their final sensitivity often becomes their weakness, and their generosity makes them unjust. Sometimes the Serbs are limited with their fear not to make injustice or unfairness to the others.

The South Slavs (or Yugoslavs) are one of the five major ethnic groups of the Balkan Peninsula, incorporating the Serb, Croat, and Slovene peoples. Although the movement for political unification of these people dated back to at least the early 19th century, the South Slavs had historically been separated and controlled by various neighboring powers, such as Turkey, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Bulgaria. The population of Serbia (2006 est. pop. 9,797,000) consists primarily of Serbs with Albanian, Magyar, Hungarian, Slovak, Ruthenian, Romanian, Croat, Montenegrin, Bulgarian and Macedonian national communities.
Vojvodina is one of the most ethnically diverse territories in Europe, with more than 25 different national communities. According to the last completed census /2002/, the province has a population of about 2 million, of which: Serbs 65%, Hungarians 14.3%, Slovaks 2.79%, Croats 2.78%, undeclared 2.71%, Yugoslavs 2.45%, Montenegrins 1.75%, Romanians 1.50%, Roma 1.43%, Bunjevci 0.97%, Ruthenians 0.77%, Macedonians 0.58%, regional affiliation 0.50%, Ukrainians 0.23%, others /Albanians, Slovenians, Germans, Poles, Chinese etc/.
Official language is Serbian according to the Constitution of Serbia; in Vojvodina, the following languages are also official: Romanian, Rusyn, Hungarian, Slovak, and Croatian; in Kosovo-Metohija also Albanian.

The language which the Serbs speak is most often referred to in scholarship as Serbo-Croatian. This language is used by the Serbs and Croats, as well as by the Slavic Moslems of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Sanjak (a region which outlines the modern borders between Serbia and Montenegro). Of all the living languages, present-day Serb is closest to ancient Sanskrit in vocabulary, phonology, and grammar. It is entirely possible that the postulated “Indo-European language” of many paleolinguists is nothing more than some form of Serb. In the past, there were also groups who used the same language, but who were neither Serbs nor Croats. The Croats call the language Croatian, and the Serbs call it Serbian. Cyrillic alphabet is official in Serbia, but used both with the Latin alphabet. Serbian Cyrillic rule: “Write as you speak and read as it is written” Vuk Stefanović Karadžic. Due to historical reasons, Serbian once being a part of the Serbo-Croat unification brought Latin usage into Serbia. The Cyrillic alphabet / also called Serbian azbuka, from the old name of the first two letters/ is an alphabet used for several East and South Slavic languages; /Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, and Ukrainian/ and many other languages of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Eastern Europe.

The Hapsburg’s and the England compensated by taking away from the Serbs all the Serbian territories who had exited to the sea, like Arbania /today the South Albania/, when they have had created a synthetic nation from the indigenous Serbs and the Turks /Albanians/ from the Serbian history. The letter  of the Montenegrin Metropolitan Petar II Petrovic Njegos to the British diplomats best illustrates the Europeans using the NATO Turkish patent  in the Balkans. Njegos accused European politics of being an enemy of the Orthodox genus whose sword ‘a dead Turkish hand holds under our throat’. The compensation was forgery of the Serbian history, and the history of Poles and Slavs from which Germany and Austria picked up their primogeniture in Europe although their states did not exist in the time of the Charlemagne.

Repeated suffering under foreign invaders purified the Serbian courage and chivalry and contributed to their huge ethnic identity, energy and precious intellectual features. The Serbs have created their tradition in constant fights for political independence and cultural self-consciousness, by develop of particular epic narcissism as kind of illusion that it is possible to withstand any power, regardless its strength. Serbs are emotional and express dignity often placed within the context of their history and their hopes. Serbian people are very tough and have positive attitude, most probably for the energy inherited by genetics. Serbs remain fairly positive, tenacious and open-hearten people, looking forward to the renewal of their beloved country. Although carrying scars of the almost two decades after the brake-up of Yugoslavia and the recent war and aware of problems still facing the country (15 years of sanctions crippled a once-strong economy) Serbs look into the future.

“Hardly is there a nation which has met with a sadder fate than the Serbians. From the height of its splendor, when the Empire embraced almost the entire northern part of the Balkan peninsula, and a large portion of what is now Austria, the Serbian nation was plunged into abject slavery, after the fateful battle of 1389 at the Kosovo Polje, against the overwhelming Asian hordes. Europe can never repay the great debt it owes to the Serbians for checking, by the sacrifice of their liberty, that barbarous influx.”

I wanted to illuminate the whole earth. There is enough electricity to become a second sun. Light would appear around the equator, as a ring around Saturn.

Mankind is not ready for the great and good. In Colorado Springs I soaked the earth by electricity. Also, we can water the other energies, such as positive mental energy. They are in the music of Bach or Mozart, or in the verses of great poets. In the Earth’s interior, there is energy of Joy, Peace, and Love. Their expressions are a flower that grows from the Earth, the food we get out of her and everything that makes man’s homeland. I’ve spent years looking for the way that this energy could influence people. The beauty and the scent of roses can be used as a medicine and the sun rays as a food’. NIKOLA TESLA