The Tarabić family

It was the end of the 19th century. Serbia is restless. One war replaced another, and households endure without male heads. Anxiety is everywhere and expectations of freedom and peace far away. It was the time when local children were given names: Ljubomir, Slavomir, Milomir, Radomir (mir=peace)

However in a small backwater village of Kremna, below inhospitable Tara mountain, through which only rare caravans from Dubrovnik passed, Miloš and Mitar Tarabić predicted the coming events. Changes of governments, wars, murders, inventions….

These illiterate but religious shepherds, spent their days with herds under the mountain Tara, and there they foresaw what others could not even imagine, events that science was yet to explain.
And the world today, as in the past and more than ever, continues to be interested in Kremna and the prophecies that originated here.

The Legend

It is known that the original Tarabićs migrated to Kremna at the end of the eighteenth century and that their origin is from Herzegovina.

Legend has it that the Tarabićs did not come to Kremna under that name, but that they have been given that surname since the first days of settling in this village. It is said that this family lived closest to Tara mountain of all households in Kremna, and because of that proximity, the locals gave them a new family name, Tarabići (literally “beings from Tara”).

Milos (1809-1854) and Mitar Tarabic (1829-1899). One uncle, another nephew, observed from the roadless, mountainous areas of this part of the world and foresaw all the significant events of their century, despite being illiterate and without any basic historical and geographical knowledge.

The place where they were born, where they grew up and lived, was not even a proper village, but a hamlet with a dozen houses, near Kremna, under the mountain Tara, eight hours walk from the first major city of Užice. Roads, railways, and cars are still in a distant future that is unimaginable. The phone would not be invented until the end of the century. Diseases were treated with herbs, people died relatively young, and it took a four hour horse ride to the nearest “doctor”, twice as much in a carriage. The closest school was miles away, and completely cut off during winter blizzards, which tended to last nearly half a year in this mountainous region.

Tarabić’s prophecy is woven into the local cultural heritage. This inexplicable folk mysticism lived and lasted for centuries, bringing hope to lives, and attracting many generations, both then and now.