In the name of God


I was on my way to a monastery when I met the man pictured above, when I asked if I could take a picture he posed using the much controversial three-finger salute. I can’t say I was shocked but I rapidly went away anyway.

Serb Orthodox believers join the first three fingers, representing the holy trinity, together when performing the sign of the cross. The three joined fingers used to be a form of salute among Serbs up until the early nineties, when this gesture evolved in the open version as depicted in the photo above. So far, nothing is wrong with it, if it wasn’t for the fact that during the Yugoslav War the same gesture was used by Serb soldiers when fighting against Muslims, in this constructed war of religions the entire world ended up believing. We’re crushing you, God is on our side: god is with us… who else used that as their motto already?

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