Gorani People

Gorani People

About Gorani People

The Gorani or Goranci (Cyrillic: Gorani or Goranci, meaning Highlanders, pronounced_[g__rani] or [g_r__ntsi]) are a South Slavic ethnic group inhabiting the Gora region of the Balkans, located at the triangle between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Another autonym of this people is "Nasinci", which literally means "our people". Gorani speak the Gora dialect, which belongs to the Torlak group of South Slavic languages. The Gora region comprises Dragas municipality in Kosovo and Shishtavec village in Albania. They are adherents to Islam and have a rich and varied folk culture. They have been claimed by Albanians, Bosniaks, Bulgarians, Macedonians and Serbs but the general view is that they should be treated as a distinct minority group, which is indeed their own view of themselves. Part of these people are already albanised. By the last censuses at the end of 20th century in Yugoslavia they have declared themselves to be Muslims by nationality.

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