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‘Cinkuš’ from Karlovac: Night shrouded into veil of secrecy

No, this is not just another film criticism after watching a blockbuster, which madden all those thirsty for excitement from the big screen, this is the story of Karlovac, a city which once experienced a similar scenario.

Foto: Tatjana Gržan

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‘Cinkuš’ from Karlovac: Night shrouded into veil of secrecy

Recently I had the opportunity at the cinema watch a movie Anarchy: Purification and except the thing that some time after that I was avoiding walking alone through the streets of the city, this masterpiece of the seventh art in me awakened a large dose of curiosity.

No, this is not just another film criticism after watching a blockbuster, which madden all those thirsty for excitement from the big screen, this is the story of Karlovac, a city which once experienced a similar scenario.

Although in a much milder version, city which lies on four rivers in the 16th century was the place where crimes occurred at night, and many of them did not answer to any letter of the law. So at that time, and not so far from its founding in 1579, the night was reserved for street thugs and only a few heroes who did not care for their own safety.

Foto: Tatjana Gržan

For the villagers day ended with loud echo of the bell – ‘Cinkus‘, and after the night came nobody was allowed to go out, except in exceptional cases when the lamp was help that can not be forgotten. The writings from that time induce that if someone was attacked at night on the street, no one is too excited because that person was not even supposed to be on the street at that time. Thieves, on the other hand, were subjected to stricter penalties, therefore, their atrocities committed in the dead of night were punished more severely, and in the case of a murder of robber in their own yard there was no penalty because the act was considered to be justified.

It was the time when the night was shrouded in veil of secrecy and fear in the night covered the sound of rustling leaves and stray cats meow.

Foto: Tatjana Gržan

Tatjana Gržan

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