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Weasel

Alma Suljevic
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.