Musical ear of a contemporary man, even that born in Montenegro, is not accustomed to the sharp, the dramatic sound of our national instrument. Perhaps because the times are not as dramatic as they used to be? Or even because of a variety of instruments we have today that produce more melodic and pleasant sounds?
But for every Montenegrin, gusle remain to be a sacred instrument. It’s no coincidence that its sales price is so high: Gusle is not a wall decoration, or a souvenir, and it should never become that. Nonetheless, gusle kept our history from oblivion till the appearance of those who replaced the oral tradition with a written word.
Not long after the break-up of the Christianity, between 12th and 13th century, under the influence of the Serbian dynasty Nemanich, Orthodoxy spreads through the Montenegro. Orthodox believers, which constitute 72% of population of Montenegro, highly honor the cult of saints, some of which are more famous than others. They have shared the faith and temptations with the people of this small country. You can get to know some of them here.
Wow! This is always the first reaction of people when they see our tall men and women dancing in beautiful national costumes. I have noticed their admiration, traveling around the world as member of local folklore group. This is not surprising, having in mind that our national costume is considered to be one of the most beautiful and most expensive in Europe.