The stones of Dalmatia – video by Andrew Norris

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  1. Janos B. says:

    Bok Alane!

    I just discovered your blog post about bunje (kind of related to this one) – and I’d have a question. You might know the ethnic group of Bunjevci, living in Lika and on the Kvarner coast down to Razanac in Croatia and in Vojvodina and South-Hungary on the north (Bačka). (I, too, have some Bunjevci in my ancestral tree.) The origin of their name is yet to be substantiated. Some say that it might come from bunja, which is supposed to be a construction typical for them. I’d say no for this option. Do you have any idea in this matter? (And, BTW, several persons bearing the name Mandić are part of the Bunjevac historiography, just like Mijo Mandić.)

  2. Hi! Here s basically everything I know and more:
    Even now people in the hinterland of Zadar (older generations) cal them selves Bunjevci and “Rišćani” stands for people of Orthodox religion (most of them are not ethnic Serbs so I prefer not to call them that way)

    Bunja is fairly local construction although similar have been found in the entire Mediterranean and, if someone moved to the land with almost no stones like Vojvodina, they would have to abandon the tradition. I would also vote no on that option… Buna in Hercegovina seems like a good call for their origin.

    Yes, Mandić last name is connected to Bunjevci and probably through that Hercegovina connection. I know that my family came from Hercegovina back in 1618. Ante and Grgo Mandić being the first who came with the Franciscans. The documents are on Visovac Island on Krka River but still no time to go and search. But Mandić last name is also quite common among the Serbs and even Muslims. So Hercegovina makes sense as an origin.

  3. Janos B. says:

    Hi there, Thank you very much for the info and for pointing out Visovac – I didn’t know about its relevance up until now.

    By “hinterland of Zadar” do you mean the area north of Velebitski kanal and Novigradsko more OR Ravni kotari down to Benkovac or even Skradin? This latter would be a real surprise to me as I thought the southern tip of Velebitski kanal to be the southern end of land populated by Bunjevci.

    I’m, too, inclined to believe the Buna River version as to for the origin of the name, or maybe even more, connect them with the word buna (insurrection, rebellion, uprising), just like Uskoci jumped Turkish rule, Bunjevci might have done the same.

    “Rišćani” might be the descendants of the members of the Bosnian Church, who called themselves Krstjani.

    Well, I hope I’m not hijacking the blog too much 🙂

  4. Don’t worry about “hijacking” blog! I will address several issues on population later next year. I have read and researched many books and manuscripts on the local population…

    Yes, Visovac is quite important in the stories of people moving in from hercegovina/Bosnia in the 17th century (even before and after).

    Hinterland of Zadar is exactly that – places from the very end of urban area in the past! Actually, i know it first hand since my cousin’s mother in law was from Crno – today a suburb of Zadar – and they were calling themselves Bunjevci. She passed away in 2004. and burried in Everet, Mass.

    Buna (uprising) seems to be a fairly good guess but will have to check with some folks who know more.

    Rišćani would be more a remaining of “Hrišćani” as the Serbs call Christians. It is “kršćani” in Croatian.

  5. Janos B. says:

    Thanks again Alan! Looking forward for more posts, including those about the population.

    Sretan Božić i Nova Godina!

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