|Ljenko Urbančič with his sculpture of Črtomir and Bogomila|
One of Prešeren's main works is his epic Baptism at the Savica (Krst pri Savici). Baptism at the Savica is an epic poem about the Slovenian nation and the loss of its independence, presented through the story about the final battle between Christians and pagan Slavs, led by their heroic warrior Črtomir. In their highly dramatic battle in the Bled area, Slavs are defeated and survivor Črtomir moves to the Bohinj area where he considers committing suicide. The thought of his beloved Bogomila who used to be a priestess to the Slavic goddess Živa keeps him alive. He finds out that she converted and became Christian. When they meet she persuades Črtomir to get baptised at the Savica waterfall as well.
|Photos: Florjan Auser|
However, during current renovations taking place at the Slovenian Association Sydney, the sculpture was knocked over and buried. Considering the highly charged symbolism that the sculpture carried, perhaps we need to ask ourselves about the meaning of this removal. Is it a symbolic and sinister sign of times ahead or a sign of profound ignorance?