Mitar Tarabić (1829-1899), an illiterate peasant from a small Serbian village called Kremna, situated in the western Serbian mountains, had experienced occasional prophetic visions. Being a religious person and having a local Serbian orthodox priest for a godfather, he told this priest about his episodes of “seeing into the future”. The priest, Zaharije Zaharić (1836-1918), wrote down everything in a small notebook, which was damaged by fire in 1943 when his family house was destroyed by the occupying Bulgarian army. This text is now in the possession of the family of Zaharić’s great-grandson.
Tarabić’s best-known prophecy has to do with a series of political events in 19th and 20th century Serbia. Without getting into details, I’ll tell you that he predicted a sequence of events (spanning a course of decades) that eventually led to the removal of the ruling Obrenović family from the Serbian royal throne. Tarabić predicted the day of his own death many years in advance, as well as the Communist Yugoslavia, the death of its leader Marshal Tito, the 1991 break-up of Yugoslavia and the NATO 1999 bombing campaign, while experts who analyzed the prophecies concluded that they go as far as the 23rd century.
During WWI Austrian engineers tried to build a railroad through the Šargan mountain. Only after the end of the war, by 1925 a narrow-gauge railroad was built by Yugoslavia Kingdom engineers, but 50 years after it was closed due to the construction of faster an more modern roads. At the turn of the millennia, in 2001, the old railroad was restored and now serves as an attraction for tourists who enjoy its 15 km length ride as a time travel experience, so Šargan Eight has become a very popular place to visit, along with the movie director Kusturica’s nearby Wooden Village.
Tarabić predicted the following on this subject by the end of the 19th century:
“A lot of years will pass and people will remember the iron road again and they will rebuild it once more. But this time passengers won’t travel by it to Višegrad (Bosnia) for their needs and their business, but fun-seeking people for their vacation and for enjoyment.”