Danube Story of the Vučedol Orion - Transmodern Cultural Tourism and the Transformational Power of Myth

Romana Franjić; Srećko Favro (HHI);

Godina: 2011

Link: http://bib.irb.hr/prikazi-rad?&rad=531910

Contemporary Trends in Tourism and Hospitality, 2011Stojkov, Novi Sad , 2011. 54-55 (ISBN: 978-86-7031-233-3)

The human need to travel is a fundamental need, we are all nomads at heart, but modernism and corporate culture have developed unnatural rules that separate us from ourselves. The deep rootedness of such a conquering approach is still visible today, because Europeans and European understanding of tourism is a dominant form ; eighty percent of all the world’s travellers are from only a dozen countries, which we call highly developed. Therefore, tourism is an aspect of modernisation which is homogenising the world. It is therefore important that, on those journeys, tourists see opportunities to escape from everyday life and its imposed structures. Such tourism has great transformational power, as it truly brings together different cultures and worldviews, whilst offering possibilities of permeation as well as opening of the human heart and soul. Throughout history, the Podunavlje region has always been a crossroads as well as point of contact for a variety of different peoples who subsequently left behind a part of their rich cultural heritage. The cosmology of the Vučedols ancient people, which today, in the atmosphere of nearing 2012 and the prophecy of the Mayan energetic calendar, has an especially attractive place in the global offering of cultural tourism. This will be brought to mind through mythological stories and the symbolic language of the ancient calendar, the Vučedol Orion. Through cultural observation, this paper will show the model of interpretation, which views the calendar through the symbolic language of myth, as a result of a particular era, but also as a process of human creativity, which currently exists in a sense of its absolute or universal values. The Vučedol Orion and the riverbanks of the Danube has becomes an essential tourist attraction with a strong potential for the development of cultural tourism. Familiarity with the calendar retains a high degree of civilizational achievements, and the ability to calculate the passage of time which had a significant influence on the everyday life of the people.