The Gorani people are Muslims by faith. But their traditions and customs are full of pagan elements. During wedding festivities the bride is carried on a white horse covered with a scarf and an umbrella that is decorated for the occasion. The bride accompanies her family to the neighbor's house of the future husband.
There is a legend of Gora, which was created at a time when very few among the people or does not use the written word.
"When God created the world, Gora was plunged worst place - among the hills and mountains, where winter lasts six months. That is why Gora was sad and dejected. God is seen as intended, and said to her:
- What are you, what you cheerless?
Worse, all in tears, replied:
- How to be happy when I am alone at the end of the world and as such no one will be me.
God would be sorry, and promised her:
- Do not be sad, I will send you the people of which you will be happy as anyone in the world are not happy. It will be sad and happy for you. Sadly, when you are left, and looking forward to when you are back.
The question of origin of the Gora population attracts many more decades authors from the Balkans and beyond. Special interest intensified during the breakup of Yugoslavia, in fact, over the past twenty years. Many authors wrote about the Gora region in their historic and political or anthropo-geographical research. Very often their positions were mainly one-sided and tendentious conclusions.
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