This social documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer Sorin Vidis.
From project “From Dusk Till Dawn” by Sorin Vidis
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Lukomir is the most remote and highest altitude (1495 m) village in Bosnia. While being less than 50km from Sarajevo, the way of life here has not changed much in the last 50 years. They remain almost untouched even by the Yugoslavian war for they are the successors of the Bogumils that found retreat in the high mountains, away from the petty quarrels of men. Due to the heavy winters that isolate the village people begun to retreat to lower villages for the cold period in the last years. Also, the young generation has totally left the village leaving there only the elders that can still cope with fewer civilization props. Today, this small village’s population, comprised only of Muslims, fluctuates dramatically between summer and winter, and every year the population drops.
Ramadan, that means dryness, is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar when Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. This is a month of spiritual cleansing, following guidelines put forth in the Quran. They refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual intercourse during the day, in their search for taqwa – a higher state of mystical consciousness.
Fata and Ibro were fasting every Ramadan for as long as they can remember. Fasting is considered mandatory after reaching puberty. Every Ramadan actually is more than once a year on the Gregorian calendar: the Islamic calendar – Hijri – is 11 days shorter. This is why Ramadan shifts backwards every year since it began 622 AD with the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
This was the 7th day of Ramadan and there are 23 more to go.
By Sorin Vidis