Secrets under ice

Village Busnovi (near Prijedor, RS, BiH). Well preserved old church that is built in 1870. Beautiful position at the end of a village on a hill with view on a valley. Story about this church is no different then others in this series.



While I was trying to find some good spot to take picture and to make better composition because of heavy fog and some frost, a guy came and say hello to me. He introduce himself to me as Milorad Maksimović – descendant of original church builder. He told me some basic info about church that I already know and then he asked me to follow him in to graveyard next to the church.

I was amazed when I found out how big and how old that graveyard was. He showed me some old graves that nobody knows how old are they. I also saw a line of graves where 11 priests were buried – and all of them were inheritors to each other.

I wanted to see if anything is written on tombstones and we started to clean all the ice and snow.

On most of them, we couldn’t see anything because of many layers of ice and because of bad condition of the stone. But… we cleaned one… and here is what I saw

I’ve never seen this symbol before in this region. Only thing that I could link this symbol with is Flower of Life and Seed of Life (an ancient symbol that could be found in many religions and represents perfection, symbol of Creator, Seven Days of Creation…). Also, nobody gave me any explanation of this and Milorad (guy that showed me all that) said that graveyard is neglected by local community and there is no enthusiasm for uncovering the real story about those graves. I promised him that I will come in spring when snow melts down and he will show me the rest of that old tombstones.
I’m still under the influence of that strange place. Is there a truly remarkable story or is it just a simple old graveyard with no significance? Maybe some detective work will help.?!