In the Vila there are three brothers, one of which, the eldest is King Vukasin. Daily, Vukasin, his two other brothers and three hundred masons attempt to build a foundation for a new fortified town and yet it is constantly destroyed by the vila. The vila are “fair-haired female creatures who have died but remain trapped between this world and the next” (Ancient Origins). On the fourth year of these men’s mission to complete the town, the vila told Vukasin that all he had to do was to get two twins, a Stojan, who “is masculine, exudes power and authority, and is not without a certain amount of magnetism.” (First Names) and Stoja. and bury them within the walls of the town. So, he sent his servant Desimir with six bags of gold across the world to find these twins and bring them back to the King (The Vila 80). After this plan fails the vila call Vukasin to bury his, or one of his brother’s wives into the wall. Once he has the chance he tells his wife of this and warns her not to go out and give the men building the wall their midday meal. While allowing his other brothers decide for themselves which wife is to be buried (The Vila 82). Vukasin can be seen doing just about everything he can to save himself and his wife, while not regarding the lives of those closest to him, such as his brothers and their lives. Another example of this can be seen when he tries everything he can in order to build the wall like hunting down two random twins and use them to hold the foundation of his new town.

Gojko, brother to King Vukasin and Duke Ugljesa, was the youngest of the bunch. He was also a real person born circa 1355-1371 (Geni). Naturally he would follow the instructions of his older brothers and not think otherwise. This can be seen when the three brothers promise to not tell their wives about how one of them will become foundation for their wall. Both Vukasin and Ugljesa immediately told their wives, breaking the brother’s oath, whereas Gojko did not say a word to his wife and she ended up dying. Gojko was almost a “yes-man” of sorts, not letting his morality get in the way of what his brothers thought was best.

Works Cited

Dundes, Alan. Folklore Matters. Knoxville: U of Tennessee, 1989. Print.

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Stone, Ryan. "Beware the Wandering Wilas." Ancient Origins. Ancient Origins, n.d. Web. 03 May 2017.

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