vincan alphabet

The question of sense of language existence is put in the position of the deep historical background and practically means work on the materials as investigations and discoveries of the unknown and known sign contents. The slant proposed in “applied hermeneutic” is possibility to expressed through the revision and reinterpretation of themes pertinent to the discipline of philosophy of language and speech; themes which are congruous with other themes pertinent to the discipline of right intention in theory. In the discipline of philosophy, intentionality is a term first used by the Scholastics in the Middle Ages to define, in terms of natural and unnatural motion, the intent of God in relation to his creation and the free will of man to choose or reject a virtuous life. In the elements of writing-artefacta finding in the Old Europe (Primary Vinca in Serbia and tordos in Rumenia), we was able to applied hermeneutic facts of finding writing documents so many millenia before Christus naissance, and also the language adequate to this discovered material. For these times, we know for existence of Vinca-letter and make a hypothesis that it correspond to the first Old European language, by all signs and marks one Proto-Serbian language.

The Proto-European or Yaphetic stage of the development of the Slavs, besides the Illyrians, Thracians, Scythians, Sarman(t)s and the above-mentioned Etruscans, also includes the Kemerians (Iberians), whom Milan Budimir (From Balkan Sources, Beograd, 1969) identifies with the term sebar-serf (the old form is simb/e/ro) which was later used to denote the Serbian Slavs. In the spirit of the Yaphetic theory, Mavro Orbini (The Kingdom of the Slavs, 1601) finds the ethongenesis of the Slavs in the ethnic formations of the Sarmats, Scythians, Vends (Veneti), Antes, Serbes (Serbs), Swedes, Finns, Prussians, Vandals, Burgundians, Poloni, Bohemians, Illyrians, Thracians, etc. Mavro Orbini’s theory has not been so widely accepted or thorouly verifies, the fact is that the vestiges of the Slav inhabitants have remained in all the regions mentioned in territory of Old Europe, and also in England, Germany, Austria and Italy.

            Besides Letopis by Nestor of Kiev and the chronicle The Kingdom of the Slavs by Mavro Orbini, the distant past of the history of the Slavs is the subject of the so-called Isenbeck’s tablets, the parts of which were decoded and first published in 1954-1959 in San Francisco and edited by A.A Kur and J. Mirolubov. The complete edition of this unusual document of Slav history, entitled Vles kniga, appeared in ten volumes translated into Ukrainian and edited by M. Skripnik in the Hague, 1967. An unknown writer wrote down on these tablets (wooden ones), in the pre-Cyrillic alphabet, the history of the Slavs from the year 650 B.C up to the 9th century A.C, on the basis of which one may suppose that the document was written in the 10th or 11th century. This newly found chronicle of the Slavs, all together unusual, raises many fundamental questions concerning the Slav ethnogenesis and history and attracts the attention of scholars by pointing to the records of the Slavs in the epoch B.C existing in the very large area of the European and one part of the Asian continent. The great explorer of Slav history P.I.Safarik (Slovanske starozitnosti, Praha, 1837) never questions the autochtony of the Slavs in the Balkans. In a documentary way, he rejects the credibility of Porphyrogenit’s information about the alleged migrations of the Slavs and their settlement on the Balkan Peninsula in the 7th century. Categorically rejecting the veracity of Porphyrogenit’s information, Safarik considers it to be deliberately “involved” so that it could realize its “political apologia”. The history of the research of the Slav origins has come across such apologias for contemporary politics before, as well as after Safarik, but political apologias can never be accepted as history, but only as another kind of “history”.

         The new archaeological discoveries that have been made during the last two centuries offer us very rich documentation, which definitively rejects all hesitations, doubts and playing with history. The archaeological, anthropological, ethnological, semiotic and linguistic explorations of this century are the new lights of history, which can no longer be blind to the facts. The extremely rich culture that can be found in neolithic regions in Serbia (Lepenski vir, Starcevo, Vinca, etc.) as well as in the regions of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, despite slight differences in style, we do not have enough ground for doubting the similarity or homogeneity of these cultures in such a big area. The extremely early appearance of literacy (the Vincan alphabet), and its diffusion, are the testimonies of a high degree of civilization in this cultural area. The valley of the Danube, especially the part between the middle and the lower regions, as the cradle of literacy which was so wide-spread, systematized and in so frequent, everyday use, is the testimony of the way of thinking which raised the achievement of human mind to the consciousness level of holiness.  The new anthropological explorations in these regions have discovered the artefacta who needs the results of the common characteristics of those people who knew how to express their creative energy, described by recent investigations of Pesic M. (Vinca letter) and Shann Winn M.M. (Pre-writing in Southeastern Europe: The Sign System of the Vinca Culture ca 4000 BC, Calgary, 1981), and Haarmann H. (Early Civilization and Literacy in Europe. An Inquiry Into Cultural Continuity in the Mediterranean World, Berlino, New York, 1995.)

Written by: Aleksandar M. Petrovic

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