White Nights with Menhirs and Dolmens

It is in Puglia, southern Italy. Could be in Texas, same vegetation, could be in Mexico, similar food, could be Stonehenge: menhirs and dolmens are scattered among vineyards, next to beer-bars in the middle of nowhere, to mark the center of the world, the beginning of a civilization. It’s around Melpignano, a 2 200 inhabitant village where a White night Feast is held in July: music all night, words all about stars: with cosmonauts, science fiction writers, futurists, scientists.

An old man is sitting next to a menhir during the worst heat of the day after a thunderstorm, he tells us; the weather is not as it used to be. Nowadays we peasants hide in the dolmens for a siesta. A violent but short storm follows his prophetic words.

We enter a dolmen with our laptops and cell phones. I even get a free WiFi signal that the leftist mayor gives to his people. Under the dolmen big stone, in the midst of a retrofitted convent from 14th century, in a Greek restaurant, since orthodox people have been there before the Catholics fighting the Turks. Fallen empires among erect menhirs. Fallen over their own mistakes: fundamentalist wars. Even the menhirs have inscriptions of different religions of various conquerors.

As we establish a Skype connection to a cosmonaut, we sit among monoliths, with Saturn and Mars in conjunction in the misty sky. Internet is like a menhir. It is the center of the world and yet it is everywhere.

About jasminatesanovic

Jasmina Tešanović (Serbian: Јасмина Тешановић) (born March 7, 1954) is a feminist, political activist (Women in Black, Code Pink), translator, publisher and filmmaker. She was one of the organizers of the first Feminist conference in Eastern Europe "Drug-ca Zena" in 1978, in Belgrade. With Slavica Stojanovic, she ran the first feminist publishing house in the Balkans "Feminist 94" for 10 years. She is the author of Diary of a Political Idiot, a war diary written during the 1999 Kosovo War and widely distributed on the Internet. Ever since then she has been publishing all her work, diaries, stories and films on blogs and other Internet media.
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