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Македония >> "The Turie Village (машинопис, запазен от Иван Гаджев)", St. Louis, Missouri, САЩ
Христо Анастасов от с. Турие, Костурско, Егейска Македония - "The Turie Village (машинопис, запазен от Иван Гаджев)", St. Louis, Missouri, САЩ


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"Situated between small hills, the Turie village lies against a background of low mountains. To the south and southeast is the Koukoul ridge, a continuation of the Vich mountain, on the east is the Chaula ridge...
Topographically, Turie is situated at the highest sea-level point of the Kostour district in southwestern part of Macedonia. Turie is bordered by the villages of Tursie, Nered, Statitsa, Babchor, and Konomladi...
With its sixty or more well built rock stone houses, a church and a school building, Turie was a typical mountain village of a peasant country. In my time (1908), there were about 500 inhabitants. Only few Kutsovlachs, hired as shepards, were among the villagers. The rest of them were Bulgarian speaking peasants.
The centuries of Byzantine spiritual domination was no longer to be tolerated. In the later part of the nineteenth century the Turie villagers followed the bulk of the Macedonian peasants in affiliating themselves with the Schismatic Bulgarian church. They accepted the Exarchate as their spiritual guide in preference to the Constantinople Greek Patriarchate. Was not the latter an ally of the reigning Turkish Sultans? Why should they support an institution that kept them in spiritual and political bondage?
Free from partisan infiltration, and a purely Bulgarian speaking village, Turie served as rendez-vous outpost for the Tchetniks of peasant Macedonia. There had not been an insurgent's band that did not stop in Turie. Like in many other villages, much of the Tchetnik's arsenal was stored in Turie..."


Източник: Спомените са предоставени от Институт по История на Българската Емиграция в Северна Америка - "Илия Тодоров Гаджев"

Автор: Роденият в Костурско през 1895 г. (починал 1986 г. в Сейнт Луис, САЩ) Христо Анастасов (на английски: Christ Anastasoff, Крист Анастасов) е американски историк, завършил история във Вашингтонския университет и български емигрантски деец в Съединените щати, член на Централния комитет на Македонската патриотична организация.
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