Divljana (Serbian: Дивљана) is a village in the municipality of Bela Palanka, Serbia. According to the 2002 census, the village has a population of 141 people. Divljana Monastery is one of the landmarks in Divljana.
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There is a large, old oak tree in Divljana. It is zapis ("inscription"), a holy village tree. A custom originating in pre-Christian Slavic mythology, a large, usually oak tree, would have a cross carved into its bark, and then it would serve as a temple. Oak trees were sanctified in the settlements which had no church of their own. Circumference of the Divljana oak trunk is 6.35 m (20.8 ft), diameter is 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in), while the diameter of the crown is 23.13 m (75.9 ft). The tree is 13.43 m (44.1 ft) tall. Experts from the Niš Institute for the natural protection estimated that it sprouted in c. 1400.
The trunk is completely open and hollow on one side. Inside, eight grown persons can fit, or a table and chairs. The tree, which belongs to the species of durmast oak, is placed under the state protection as a natural monument.
- Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i Stanova 2002. Knjiga 1: Nacionalna ili etnička pripadnost po naseljima. Republika Srbija, Republički zavod za statistiku Beograd 2003. ISBN 86-84433-00-9
- Zoran Stojanović (27 November 2017), "Ima li leka za hrast u selu Divljana" [Is there a remedy for the oak in the village of Divljana], Politika (in Serbian), p. 23
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