White Masks’ Procession
White Masks is a carnival custom from the village of Putnikovići on the Pelješac peninsula. The custom is based on a legend that goes back to the times when military campaigns were taking place in this area (the Turkish army has been mentioned as a protagonist, but that story has not been confirmed). Multiple armies passed these territories, taking with them as prisoners many inhabitants of Pelješac. Among them was a young man from Putnikovići, who was forced to leave his fiancée behind. As they were bidding each other farewell, he asked the girl to pledge her faithfulness to him, which she did. Time passed, and the girl heard no news of her beloved. She had many suitors but she rejected them all, waiting for her fiancé to come back. After a long time had passed, the young man fled from captivity and managed to find his way back to Putnikovići, where carnival was taking place. Wearing a mask, he came to his fiancée’s home. When he made sure of her fidelity, he set a wedding date. On the wedding day, a masked group carrying swords gathered and came for the girl.
The legend still lives on. Each year, in the period preceding the carnival, a group of men from Putnikovići gathers to practise the white masks’ dance. On Carnival Sunday (the Sunday before the big or final carnival), they dress in the white suits from which they got their name. In pairs, forming a wedding procession, the white masks visit all the hamlets of Putnikovići in a pre-arranged order. They are accompanied by one of the village’s more notable men, who is unmasked and whose role is to announce their arrival and departure by shooting from a type of old-fashioned pistol called a kubura. At the head of the procession there is a barjaktar (flag bearer) who – once the procession has entered a hamlet – hands the flag to the village host who keeps it during the dance. When all the ritual actions have been performed, the dance begins. After the dance, the white masks reveal their faces and dance a polka with the village girls dressed in folk costumes. The hosts then invite the masks to join them at the table filled with food prepared especially for them by diligent housewives. A shot from the kubura announces it is time to set off for the next hamlet, where it all starts from the beginning.
Čara is a village on the island Korčula, in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Čara, which is situated in Korčula’s inland, is part of the Korčula Town Municipality. In the 2001 census, the village had a population of 566 and 189 family households. Čara is a typical, traditional village of winegrowers, situated along the island’s main road, 25… Pročitaj sve »
Pupnat is a village on the island Korčula, in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. It is part of the Korčula Town Municipality. In the 2001 census, the village had a population of 433 and 125 family households. Pupnat is one of five old settlements on the island, and has always been the smallest one. It is situated in… Pročitaj sve »
Putnikovići is a picturesque village situated in the central part of the Pelješac peninsula, at an altitude of 156 metres, 17 kilometres northwest of Ston. It has a population of around 360 that engage mostly in agriculture, wine growing, fishing, shell fishing and tourism. The village consists of several hamlets, some of which are located… Pročitaj sve »
The town of Vela Luka is situated in the west of the island Korčula, in a 9.2-kilometres–long bay that is one of the best anchorages in the eastern Adriatic. The surroundings include many picturesque islands, deep coves, cliffs and fertile plateaus that make this area a suitable place for living as well as a good… Pročitaj sve »
The village of Žrnovo is located on the east side of the island Korčula. Like most other older rural settlements on the island, it is set in a spacious hill-encircled valley that includes a few large basins of fertile land, well-sheltered from the sea. Žrnovo consists of four hamlets: Prvo selo, Brdo, Kampuš and Postrana,… Pročitaj sve »
The village of Gorjani is situated in the Osijek-Baranja County, at the altitude of around 120m. Gorjani was first mentioned in a document by the Croatian-Hungarian King Béla III (IV) in the year 1244, which refers to the land Gora (“terra Gora”). The same land and people (“populi de Garra”) are also mentioned in the… Pročitaj sve »
Korčula (Greek: Κορκυρα Μελαινα/Korkyra Melaina, Latin: Corcyra Nigra, Italian: Curzola) is a town situated on the island of the same name, in Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Croatia. It consists of five settlements: Korčula Town, Čara, Pupnat, Račišće and Žrnovo. Korčula Town is located in the north-eastern part of the island, on a small peninsula protruding into… Pročitaj sve »