Flames and Shrines

Vjekoslav Perica

in Balkan Idols

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148565
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834556 | DOI:

Series: Religion and Global Politics

Flames and Shrines

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The chapter starts with a brief account of Albanian anti‐Serbian activities (attacks on Serbian sacred places and monuments, said to be fuelled by religious hatred) in Kosovo in the 1980s. It then goes on to discuss shrines as a powerful symbolic energizer to the Serbian nationalist movement of the 1980s, with accounts of the building of the new cathedral in Belgrade, and notes on the construction of Serbian churches in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Kosovo. Next an account is given of the Milošević era, including his initial pacification of Kosovo (which enabled more restoration and building of Serbian sacred sites, and a program of pilgrimages, jubilees, etc.) and his pilgrimage to the thirteenth‐century Hilandar monastery at the holy mountain of Athos in Greece, which paved the way for a new role of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Serbian nationalist movement.

Keywords: Albanians; Bosnia; church building; Croatia; Kosovo; Milošević; Montenegro; nationalism; pilgrimages; Serbia; Serbian nationalist movement; Serbian Orthodox Church

Chapter.  4918 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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