Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday, June 16th, Skopje, Macedonia


The Kale Fortress, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Museum of the Old Bazaar, a walk through the new side of the city, and the Museum for Mother Teresa.  All that before lunch.

But you can see all that in the photo album.  I want to take the rest of this final blog to tell you what the doesn't become clear as you visit Macedonia and Skopje.

Macedonia doesn't tell you how old it really is.  Fixated on its link with the Greek warrior, Alexander, The Country's ancient storyline stops just beyond the fourth or fifth century BC.  The pile dwellers on Lake Ohrid lived there as early as the 12th century BC, but aren't well-publicized or even named.  They're probably Illurians from the territory now in Albania.

But it's the people who are best known for their fertility worship, and their broken figurines of women found near Skopje who lived from the 42nd century to the 20th century BC that ought to get some publicity.

I'm not sure how you make statues out of people you can't identify, but since their figurines pre-date anything other than some gorgeous pottery traced to a civilization two thousand years before that (yes 6300 BC), either or both of these groups ought to get some recognition.

To see all of the photos taken today, click on Friday, June 16th, Skopje, Macedonia.

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