I created this group because our catholic people have been tattooed for centuries since Illyrian times, especially during Turkish occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1463/1878. During that time it was hard for them. Girls were raped, children were taken to Turkey as slaves and Turkish Chiefs had the right to sleep with christan women on their first wedding night.
Our people tattoed their hands, fingers, chests, foreheads with crosses and other ancient ornaments in order to protect themselves from Turks and so that the children could always know that they were Catholic once if converted.
They tattoed or in croatian ” sicati” their children between 6-16 years of age with mother’s milk / of a mother who has a male child/, carchoal,grime, honey, needels and with other natural materials.
The ceremony of tattooing was done by catholic women on Catholic holidays Saint Joseph’s Day 19. March, Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March – simbolic 9 months to Christmas, and in some areas on Good Friday.
Catholic tattoing in Bosnia and Herzegovina was a sign of our faith and it was a closer connection to God and suffering of Jesus. These women were often looked down on during communism in former Yugoslavia, some of them were threatened and treated like criminals, some of them lost their jobs because of their religion. They stopped tattoing their children because fo fear. It died out because of communist regime and last women were tattooed in the 1970′s.
The majority of the tattooed Catholic Croatians live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in Croatia near Sibenik, and other parts of the world where Croats fled during the war.
Some of them are still living today and if you want to see recent PICTURES OF TATTOED CATHOLIC WOMEN IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA visit my page Traditional Croatian Tattoo http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=289387635203&v=photos&ref=ts
Little is known about Catholic tattoos in Bosnia and Herzegovina and I have been trying to collect as many photos and stories as possible and publish them one day so that the world also knows about this tradition.
If you have any questions, proposals and advices regarding this topic, don’t hesitate to contact us:
Traditional Croatian Tattoo Fan Club
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Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croat Tattoo Traditions
Hrvati u Bosni i Hercegovini
Usually women in Kupres make home made liquers and it tastes delicious****
you have various kinds: blueberries, chestnuts , cherries etc.
it lasts some months to make it- you put it on your window and wait ...
usually grandmothers knit SLAPE( SHLAPE) and you wear it when indoors instead of slippers***it is made of wool and is very warm ***usually it is colorful and knitted in various designs and everybody has its own way of knitting it***grandmothers often give it to dear friends or cousins ***
This is the bread my mother made * It is usual for women in Kupres to made bread for their families, so when in Kupres don't miss to try it* It is delicious and can't be compared to the bread you buy in a supermarket*
This is the way my grandmother and my grandfather dressed, and I dressed almost the same way when I was in folklore. We learned folk songs and dances and we traveled through different countries, performing and sharing our cultural heritage ***This kind of folk costume wasn't easy to make. It took a lot of time,patience, love and creativity to create such wonderful costumes.
people in bosnia eat burek almost every day...you cAn eat it in the mornin, you can eaTt it in the afternoon, when you come late from work...burek is something you must try when in bosnia and when in kupres...so try it And enjoy...
p.s. for all those who don't know- burek is A meat pie...
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