Piva, Montenegro

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Piva (Serbian Cyrillic: Пива; pronounced [pîʋa]) and Pivljani (Пивљани, pronounced [pîʋʎaːni]) are the names of the geographical region and Montenegrin clan (pleme) of Old Herzegovina, situated in the southwestern highlands of Montenegro, bordering the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The Piva lake flows through the region. Former Serbian president Boris Tadić is a descendant of the Piva clan. The tribe has since the arrest of Radovan Karadžić, the wartime Bosnian Serb president and member of the neighbourly Drobnjak tribe of Petnjica (from which also the Serbian language reformer Vuk Karadžić descends), petitioned for Tadić's excommunication from the tribe because of Karadžić's arrest. The arrest is seen as directly bad behavior against the Serbian people and from the Piva against the Drobnjak tribe, who had never before had any problems, and it is because of this Tadić's actions have been condemned.[1]

The Serbian Orthodox Piva Monastery has been standing in Piva since the 16th century. It has produced four Patriarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Under Prince Nicholas I of Montenegro and the Congress of Berlin recognition, in 1878 the Piva together with the Serb Herzegovinian tribes of Banjani, Nikšići, Šaranci, Drobnjaci and a large number of the Rudinjani formed the Old Herzegovina region of the new Montenegrin state.[2]

During the Second World War, people of the region fought in both the Serbian royalist Chetnik and communist Partisan resistance movements, which fought against each other.

In the book "Piva i Pivljani" by Svetozar Tomić from 1949, the focus is on settlements and origin of the tribe[3]


Pivljani exist outside the Piva region in Glasinac, Sarajevo Polje and Nikšić. The traditional Slava's (Serbian Orthodox tradition of Saint veneration) of the Pivljani are predominantly the Nikoljdan and Jovanjdan, although other Slava's may be celebrated in smaller families.

  • Tadić, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan[4]
  • Kecojević, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan
  • Čupić, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan
  • Djurkovic, they celebrate the Slava of Nikoljdan
  • Skiljevic, they celebrate the Slava of Jovanjdan



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