Research from mathematic scientist Alexander Thom’s finding of the “Megalithic Yard” form of measurement can be added to the plethora of South Slavic memory practices, the round dances (kolos), with its ethnochoreological implications of beat and rhythm movements. Thom’s study of Megalithic stone circles as observatories and astronomical machines that gave rise to the evidence that the Megalithic peoples knew the ritual year was 366 days –basically the 360/366 degree circle and the earth’s rotation around the sun. Within the round dances of the kolo or to be in a circle for South Slavs, we experience bodily the formula for the measurement of our planet’s rotations around the sun based on the movement of Venus. To track the movement of the planet Venus over a forty-year cycle is the basis of our current measurement system and calendar year. The Megalithic Yard is in our memories haunting the very essence of rituals and traditions.

Think of our calendar today. Our form of measurement is this universal measurement system. Circle formats prevail across the globe. Memory circles through the generations not needing a written alphabet or library. Via oral memory practice, South Slavs effortlessly repeat and reproduce social intelligence and ancestral customs/rituals with each new generation. We could be talking about the neurobiology of memory and how our brain and bodies store memory in much the same way. All the processes are circular with interconnectivity that in the end demands wholeness. Basically, we are all one or as the South Slavic peoples say, we are all one family.

Blood & Honey Storied Instructions

Within the Dayton Accord, the Bosnian city and town of Tulsa and Srebrenica are placed in the dotted lines of the Republic of Srpska as opposed to hundreds of years being referred to as Bosnia. The slaughter and deaths of Srebrenica male relatives during the Balkan War known as Bosnia prior to 1991 were committed by the Serbs of the Republic of Srpska. Families that remembered their Bosnian genealogy now are disenfranchised or dislocated from their mythic narratives, cultural memory pertaining to geographical narratives with the new Dayton Accord geographic carving up of former Yugoslavia. What was Bosnian prior to 1991 now is recounted to be the Republic of Srpska or Serbian. A Muslim war survivor from Novi Travnik, Fatima quipped after the release of three Croatian war criminals responsible for the Ahmica/Vittez war criminals in 2001,” now they have us killing ourselves,” to point to the manipulation of judicial systems or governing policies. The same can be said for the Srebrenica war crimes survivors, mostly women and children who at one point could say their ages long Bosnian origins as Serbs attacking and killing Bosnian Muslims but now according to the Dayton Accord, it was Serbs murdering Serbs.

We only have to look in the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal Trail transcripts for June 8, 1993, which describes the armed conflict between HVO and the army of Bosnia-Herzegovina and violent events in Vitez. The transcript reads that it was alleged on or about May 15, 1993, Witness A, a female approximately 45 years old living in Vitez was arrested by the Croatian squad called “Jokers.” She was taken to the Holiday Cottage and placed in a large room with a group of soldiers. A knife was placed to her throat, stomach and inner thigh with a threat to stab her vagina if she did not speak the truth. The defense maintained that Witness A was mistaken due to the series of traumatic events she endured and “the lapse of time since the events.” Additionally, the defense attorneys pointed out the psychological treatment at Medica Clinic (Bosnian for Medical Clinic) in Zenica- a half-hour ride from Vittez, which literally made her memory unreliable.

Dr. Danica Anderson
Social Scientist, Trauma Expert
The Kolo: Women’s Cross-Cultural Collaboration