By Danica Anderson Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 09:21 AM
The Kolo Trauma Treatment and training in Bosnia- Herzegovina incorporates the kolo (to be in a circle or folk round dance) since it is a culturally somatic (living body) based approach. The video Vela Luka depicts the Neolithic South Slavic social collective communal way of life. Above all, there is a reverence for the earth and great love for Mother Nature. The somatic movements in the kolo reveal the use of repetitive motions to manifest the social collective and heal trauma.
When you watch the video note the shoulder to shoulder and side by side hip movements which interestingly on a neurological perspective is where our Vagus nerves loop through our bodies. The Vagus nerve – known as the wanderer- has the para-sympathetic involved where our fright/flight response is hooked up to our bodies and the brain in the most intricate fashion.
Slavic references to their “Moist Mother Earth” archeomythologies, the Slavic Baba Yaga- Mother Nature Incarnate to their rivers named as “little mothers” are female humanities and culture practices are based on our neurological mirror neurons- learning by observing or imitating- such as the miracle of a gestating female gestation and her child rearing. Neuroscientist Allan Schore research determined that the mother and child attachment as a universal biopsychosocial process are biological and somatic factors with social/cultural influences stemming from both internalized and situational. We can say that our mother’s life experiences and her actions affect her gestation, her child rearing and manifest the culture as a result along with our language.
Essentially, these South Slavic practices are imbued with somatic neuropsychological practices often encased in Biosemiotics, mnemonic forms such as their folk circle dance or to be in a circle called ‘Kolo’ and their songs, chants or ten syllable ‘deseteric’ poetic line for ‘junacke pesme ‘or “heroes’ songs.” Archeological artifacts from the former Yugoslav region revealed thousands of scripted Bird Goddess figurines and according to Marija Gimbutas, classically trained archeologist who excavated many of the Balkan Neolithic “Old Europe” sites, the region is the cradle of the spiral, a Biosemiotic and mnemonic script.
Peter A. Levine, In an Unspoken Voice: How the body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, North Atlantic Books, p. 18
Joanna Hubbs, Mother Russia, The Feminine Myth in Russian Culture, Indiana University Press, xii-xiii
Judith R. Schore, Allan N. Schore, Modern Attachment Theory: The Central Role of Affect Regulation in Development and Treatment, Springer Science & business Media, LLC 2007 Clinical Social Work Journal, 2007
Marija Gimbutas, Civilization of the Goddess, HarperSanFranciso, 1991, p. 56.
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