Feb 2, 2012

Mythological world of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dobri: In Bosnia there is a legend about Šehidi (martyrs) and especially evlije, holy men, that they can help people even after they die and that's why they are called Dobri. It is believed that dobri rise from their graves at night and they pray to Allah. Because of that belief people leave jugs (made out of copper) of water and clean towels inside turbe (mausoleums) in order for the Dobri to take ablution (religious cleansing). A large number of people who were in charge of taking care of the mausoleums  (turbe) swore that a lot of the times they saw wet floor from the water and misplaced towels. That was usually interpreted as a Dobri rising during the night to take ablution and to pray to God.