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English10/09/2019

PROOF OF WHOM CHARTER BELONGS TO AT THE BEGINNING OF IT

 

EAST SARAJEVO, September 10 /SRNA/ - Prominent Serb linguist Miloš Kovačević told SRNA that the Charter of Ban Kulin, the Miroslav’s Gospel and the Prayer Book of Dubrovnik are the three most significant Serb documents confirming the beginnings of the Serbian vernacular language and the cultural identity of Serbs in the region.

 

"The Charter of Ban Kulin is probably the most significant document as it is the first document written in the vernacular language. It begins with `In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit' thus it is clear whom it belongs to from the very first page of it," Kovačević said.

Kovačević pointed out that the Charter was written in Serbian Cyrillic script from cover to cover and that any propagation of the 19th-century Bosančica conceived by Ćiro Truhelka had no basis in fact.

"From that point of view, the reference should be made to the 'patriarch of Slavic studies', Vatroslav Jagić, who said that it was a pure Serb national document, written in Serbian vernacular language and Cyrillic script," Kovačević said, commenting on the claims that the Charter was written in "Bosnian language".

According to him, it is nowadays impossible to scientifically propagate the criteria of the 21st century when one believes that everything written in Bosnia falls under the "Bosnian language".

"It's just a sign that real fakes are in effect, those that have nothing to do with scientific criteria," Kovačević said.

He added that, from this point of view, the Charter of Ban Kulin should be viewed in the same way as the Miroslav’s Gospel and the Prayer Book of Dubrovnik - the three most significant Serb documents confirming the beginnings of the Serbian vernacular language and the cultural identity of Serbs in the region.

"If the interpretation of the indisputable historical documents of the Serbian people is thus approached, then the goal is quite clear – they want to eliminate the Serb people, i.e. to delete it, erasing its historical past and cultural history," Kovačević concluded.

This year marks the 830th anniversary of Ban Kulin's famous medieval charter, which is a document of the Serbian language and script, thus Serb cultural heritage. /end/vos