Mirila

Mirila Peculiar stone signs drawn by unskilful hands are found in a saddle, high ground or glade of Velebit trails.

Peculiar stone signs drawn by unskilful hands are found in a saddle, high ground or glade of Velebit trails. They are out of time and not understandable funerary monuments called – mirila. They are scattered along the slopes as in memory of the dear deceased of these out of sight hamlets with a few houses perched among the rocks and stones where people lived and died from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Upon carrying their deceased to the village chapel and cemetery, they would stop on their long way along the goat trails of the rugged mountains and would place the deceased on the ground so they could say their last farewell to the Sun. That is how the mirila (by measure – according to the size of the deceased) came about with a head and foot stone. The space between the head and foot stone is plated with reliefs carved by unskilful hands. It is said that these sites were visited and respected more than the grave itself where the decomposed body was buried for the soul of the highlander remained on the mirila.