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Piva, Montenegro


Piva, Montenegro

Piva (Serbian Cyrillic: Пива; pronounced [pîʋa]) and Pivljani (Пивљани, pronounced [pîʋʎaːni]) are the names of the geographical region and Serbian clan (pleme) of Old Herzegovina, situated in the southwestern highlands of Montenegro, bordering the Republika Srpska (Bosnia & Herzegovina). The Piva lake flows through the region. The Serbian president Boris Tadić is a descendant of the Piva clan. The Serbian Orthodox Piva Monastery has been standing in Piva since the 16th century. It has given four Patriarchs to the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Under Prince Nicholas I of Montenegro and the Congress of Berlin recognition, in 1878 the Piva together with the Serb Herzegovinian tribes of Banjani, Niksici, Saranci, Drobnjaci and a large number of the Rudinjani formed the Old Herzegovina region of the new Montenegrin state.[1]

During the Second World War, people of the region fought in both the Serbian royalist Chetnik and communist Partizan resistance movements (the two were however fighting each other).

In the book "Piva i Pivljani" by Svetozar Tomić from 1949, the focus is on settlements and origin of the tribe[2]

The tribe has since the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the wartime Bosnian Serb president and member of the neighbourly Drobnjak tribe of Petnjica (from which also the Serbian language reformer Vuk Karadzic descends), petitioned the abolishment of the Serbian president Boris Tadic membership in the tribe because of the unjustified arrest of Karadzic. The arrest is seen as directly bad behavior against the Serbian people and from the Piva against the Drobnjak tribe, who had never before had any problems, and it is because of this Tadic's actions have been condemned.[3]


Pivljani exist outside the Piva region in Glasinac, Sarajevo Polje and Nikšić. The traditional Slava's (Serbian Orthodox tradition of Saint veneration) of the Pivljani are predominantly the Nikoljdan and Jovanjdan, although other Slava's may be celebrated in smaller families.

  • Tadić, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan[4]
  • Kecojević, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan
  • Čupić, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan
  • Djurkovic, they celebrate the Slava of Nikoljdan
  • Skiljevic, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan



External links

  • Piva online

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