Bosnia & Herzegovina 1998
For centuries, women in Bosnia have been telling fortunes by looking at the bottom of their cup from which they drank coffee. This is a sort of white magic. They turn the cup upside down and then different shapes from out of the coffee grounds left in the bottom of the cup. Each ‘figure’ represents a symbol; dog-fidelity, horse-strength, rabbit-speed…
The weasel has a special place in the history of Bosnia. It represents the protector of the Bosnian rulers.
The weasel, which is a very blood-thirsty animal, amazes us because of the gentleness of the mother.
I started thinking about this after I had seen this ‘figure’ in my cup.