Albanians Dec 21, 2005 13:27:11 GMT -5
Post by arthas on Dec 21, 2005 13:27:11 GMT -5
This is a pretty recent phenomenon in which Albanians are trying to stake their claim on alot of land that Serbia currently controls. They figure by jumping on the "we are descendats of Illyrians" platform they have ultimate rights to the land that Serbia "occupies" since Serbs are Slavic invaders who came after the Illyrians on the Balkan peninsula.
What alot do not realize is that both Serbia & Croatia jumped on the same bandwagon a 100 or so years ago but gave up on the idea, as it distanced them from Slavic Russia who, in Serbia's case anyway was a powerful ally.
In reality, both have about an equal stake in being Illyrian descendants. In the Serbs case however they took on the Slavic language which gives most the impression that they are purely Slavic. With Albanians, it is assumed that since their language is somewhat unique, it must mean it is of Illyrian dialect.
The reason i say both are almost equally "Illyrian" is that if we assume that Albanians are Illyrian descendants, then Serbs too should be given that both are primarily of the Dinaric sub-race (According to Albo-Illyrian studies, most Illyrian people were also Dinaric...I say thats possible but i'm not 100%) .
It just shits me sometimes when Albanians start naming their kids ancient Illyrian names & then use it in their 'We are Illyrian argument' as proof... Its only been the last 50 or so years they have started naming their kids this to help further their "Illyrian" agenda.
At the end of the day both Albanians & Serbs are closer racially then most of them are comfortable with & if either one is an Illyrian descendant, then so is the other.
Thats my 2 cents.
Albanians "claim" lands that have an owerwhelming Albanian population, if those lands happen to be in Serbia it is not the fault of albanians. I think that the borders of balkan are made by the great powers. The same powers that decided after the congress of Berlin that lands with large albanian population belong to Serbia, are the same ones that decided to bomb Serbia in 1999.
"we are descendats of Illyrians" platform that many albanians use is not different from "where is a Serbian grave or church is Serbian land no matter who lives there" platform that serbian nacionalists use. In the town of Saranda in southern albania archeologists have found the ruins of a synagoge from 300 a.d. does it mean that the land belong to jews now, and in the middle of albania archeologists have found the ruins of a gothic church from 500 a.d. so it must mean that the land belong to the Swedes.
Many Albanian want to give their children non religious names . So if an Albanian names his son Bardhyl it may mean that he has taken the name from the king of Dardania Bardhylis but also because Bardhyll(white star in english) is a word that has a meaning in modern albanian language too. No Albanian for example names his son Diocletian because even though he was of Illyrian origine his name has no meaning in albanian language.