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Of course, there is Triglav in Slovenia and Troglav in the mountain Dinara. The three-facedness related to Triglav and Trigla finds a surprising reference in the names of two villages near Daruvar in Western Slavonia – Treglava (cf. Trigla) and Trojeglava, and in Trojglav near Čazma and Troičko brdo near Ivanić. In spite of the fact that Western Slavonia has suffered seven depopulations and repopulations in the last five hundred years or so, the area between Bjelovar, Daruvar, Garešnica and Kutina is a true treasure-chest trove of old forgotten “gradišta,” entire townships probably relinquished when flying the Turks, and of place names relating to pagan Avar and Slavic populations.
Thus: is our three-header from Vaćani a Roman or Greek, a Celtic, or a Christian Trinity, or something else? It is amazing how little we, as a Slavic language speaking nation, have done to investigate the Slavic component of our past. The fact that the Vaćani fragment was recognized as “Slavic” and then never studied in depth is just another case in question. We have done an extensive and remarkable job of studying the links of our earliest post-Roman (and also much later) art with the classical and provincial Roman antiquity trying to see Rome, pagan or Christian, everywhere without ever seriously asking the question: what has been the contribution of the Slavic population called nowadays Croatian, the genetic picture of which is roughly 50% native pre-Slavic, 25% Slavic, and 25% other.
The Latin world has left many more place names, but only starting with the Slavic layer could we get into reading the messages of space through place names, as the study of place names ceases to be just linguistic material studied in isolation to become a way of seeking sensible relationships between individual place names and the space. Studying Romance and Slavic place names could tell us a lot about the distribution of the population, as Skok has shown in his book on the Slavs and the Romans on the Adriatic Islands (Skok 1950), but what has been attempted by Belaj, Katičić and Pleterski for the Slavic period, has never been attempted in the case of pre-Slavic place names (Belaj, V.