CONFERENCE: THE GREAT IMPORTANCE OF VIŠNJIĆ IN SERBIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE

3. December 2017.

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Serbian poet and orator, Filip Višnjić, represents a crossroad between folk oral poetry and written literature and has great significance in Serbian cultural heritage, it was estimated at a conference in the Andrić Institute, on the occasion 250 years since the birth of this Serbian guslar and the creator of Serbian folk songs.

Vice President of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Republic Srpska, Ljubomir Zuković, reminded that Filip Višnjić, although blind, was at the battlefield during the First Serbian Uprising.

“He was in Loznica together with the rebels and felt with all his senses what is happening among the rebels,” Zuković said.

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According to him, Višnjić is a magnificent crossroad between oral poetry produced by people and written literature.

The head of the Department of Literature of the Andrić Institute, Aleksandra Vraneš, said that Višnjić, a man whose one sense was denied by an unfortunate fate, also gave a lot to Serbian chronicle and history.

According to her, he managed that with his abilities and efforts, by listening to those who led the Serbian people, to make songs about important historical events.

“Significant songs about Baja Pivljanin, about the First Serbian Uprising, about Marko Kraljević, about Karađorđe, show how deep he entered into the Serbian tradition and how important it is to our cultural heritage,” added Vraneš.

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She noted that the Andrić Institute is taking care of the promotion of scientific, educational, cultural activities in Republic of Srpska, linking the cultural, scientific and educational activities of Republic of Srpska and Serbia to the promotion of the science of literature, language, history, tradition and the cultural Serbian people.

Professor of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Prishtina, Valentina Pitulić, said that at this gathering she tried to discover what is mythological and what is Christian in his creation.

“Singing about the Uprising, Višnjić had a certain historical heritage, which had lasted for centuries, and in the song “The Beginning of the Revolt against the Dahijas”, you may see the age of Serbian singing,” added Pitulić.

She pointed out the importance of having another reading in these times and trying to discover something that was not written about.

“Our epic poetry is very old and relies on mythological layer, this tells us that we are an old people,” Pitulić pointed out.

Academician Miro Vuksanović reminded that the name Filip arrived from Greek, and that its basic meaning is that a man who loves horses, who is a rider and a passenger in the saddle.

“Perhaps that is why Vozhd in Filip’s song “Lazar Mutap and the Arabian” has seven hundred horses and offers a famous haiduk to choose one for himself. Perhaps that is why Filip’s rebellious heroes are always on horseback,” added Vuksanović.

Miodrag Maticki, Vice-President of Matica Srpska, Professor of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of East Sarajevo Saša Knežević, Professor of the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, Boško Suvajdžić, and Professor of the Faculty of Philology, University of Banja Luka Jelenka Pandrurević participated the conference “Filip Višnjić – A Poet and an Orator” Pandurevic in the Andrić Institute.

The organizer of the conference is the Department of Literature of the Andrić Institute.

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