Evoked Collective Memory: Integration of past (memories) is paired with future memories; to manifest future thought with intergenerational memories through acts such as the kolos-round dances, sharing or being present in the circle.
Blood & Honey: The Secret Herstory of Women
Morava and Mora, Serbian Goddesses associated with the elder tree that has great healing powers and where the Death and Regenerative Goddesses reside.
The Slavic Archeoquest is practices founded on thousands of years in observation of Mother Nature interrelationships. Because of the substantial foundation in observations, the Slavic Archeoquest had precious tools-apprenticeships where the individual’s life experiences and the landscapes of Moist Mother Earth expand deep knowing that change each other in the very essence of evolution
Evident in the South Slavic round dances called kolo (circle or to dance) along with their round stoves (pech) changing each other meant taking the landscapes of the Moist Mother Earth into their culinary arts, embroidery crafts, kolos, music and most importantly their ever constant ties to tilting the rich soil in collaboration with all the sentient beings.
The first person stories are ‘novels’ which literally means new story done in installments and is traced etymologically to ‘new star.’
Star in the archetypal meaning indicates full integration of wisdom while ‘new’ refers to the birthing process- to begin in total uniqueness to life experiences or never having been manifested previously. Throughout the years in working with the Bosnian Muslim women war survivors and war crimes survivors their first person stories were done in installments exhibiting diversity so that no two stories were the same like fingerprints and snowflakes.
Despite not having any of the Muslim women’s stories exactly the same each of their apprenticeships from the bloody Balkan war wisely understood the law of evolution; with change, life must adapt or die. And some of these women were grandmothers with little if any education that can rival the evolutionary scientists.
The South Slavic women’s stories had a sacred intention to slowly simmer down the massive hypermasculine information from the war zone into their subsequent apprenticeships reviving memories of their ancient iconic way of life.
Many stories spoken in the aftermath of the Balkan war provide numerous examples of how life situations had many retrieving their great grandmother’s life experiences in times of great need or more importantly in times of creativity. The siege in Sarajevo and other Bosnian cities had starving people unable to get food with snipers shooting at those who dared to venture out of their apartment flats. First person stories are the source of information leading to wisdom and understanding according to the South Slavic ancient grandmother earth based practices.
Dr. Danica Anderson