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White Serbia (Serbian: Белa Србиja; Archaic: Бојка, Greek: Boiki), is the mythical homeland of the ancestors of the Serbs, of the White Serbs (Serbian: Бели Срби, Beli Srbi). In De Administrando Imperio the homeland is also called Bojka (Бојка, Greek: Boiki).
The area adjacent to White Serbia was known as White Croatia, where the Croats trace their origin. White Serbia and its ethnic designates, the White Serbs, could be interpreted through attributes such as "the unbaptized" or "pagan" (Pre-Christian), according to the De administrando imperio.
The location of White Serbia has been disputed. It has been described as:
- North of the Danube and the Carpathians
- The area of the Czech Republic
- Between the Elbe and Saale Rivers
- The area of Poland
- The area of Red Ruthenia (now western Ukraine)
- The island of Rügen (near northern seashore of Germany), once consecrated to Slavonic god Svantevit
- Lusatia, a triangle formed by parts of Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland
- P. J. Šafařík classified the White Serbs as a Polabian Slavonic tribe
De Administrando Imperio
"The Serbs are descended from the unbaptized Serbs, also called 'white', who live beyond Turkey in a place called by them Boiki, where their neighbour is Francia, as is also Great Croatia, the unbaptized, also called 'white': in this place, then, these Serbs also originally dwelt. But when two brothers succeeded their father in the rule of Serbia, one of them, taking a moiety of the folk, claimed the protection of Heraclius, the emperor of the Romans, and the same emperor Heraclius received him and gave him a place in the province of Thessalonica to settle in, namely Serbia, which from that time has acquired this denomination."...
|-De Administrando Imperio chapter 31, Constantine VII|
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