Jug Bogdan and the Nine Jugović, work by Adam Stefanović.

The Jugović brothers (Serbian: Браћа Југовићи / Braća Jugovići), or Nine Jugović (Serbian: Девет Југовића / Devet Jugovića), commonly known as the Jugovići (Serbian Cyrillic: Југовићи), the nine sons of Jug Bogdan (Vratko Nemanjić), are popular mythological characters of Serbian epic poetry. In poems, the Jugović brothers and their blood brother Miloš Obilić fight to their death in the Battle of Kosovo (1389), dying as heroes.[1] This is based on mythology, in which Miloš Obilić and other knights lost their life "in glory as martyrs".[1] One of the earliest accounts of the battle was the Florentine chancellor Coluccio Salutati (died 1406) who described twelve Christian noblemen who broke through the Ottomans, one of whom killed the Sultan (in later accounts, that knight was named identified as Miloš Obilić).[2]

The brothers have been depicted in the arts, such as by Croatian painter Mirko Rački,[3] Serbian painter Adam Stefanović, and on a mosaic on the Tronoša Monastery,[4] which is popularly associated with the Jugovići.[5]

The Serbian Church awards an order to mothers of more than four children, named after the mother of the Jugović brothers.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (16 September 2011). Myth, Identity, and Conflict: A Comparative Analysis of Romanian and Serbian Textbooks. Lexington Books. pp. 208–209. ISBN 978-0-7391-4865-5.
  2. ^ Emmert 1996; V. V. Makušev (1871), "Prilozi k srpskoj istoriji XIV i XV veka", Glasnik srpskog učenog društva 32, pp. 174–5 Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  3. ^ Dejan Djokić (January 2003). Yugoslavism: Histories of a Failed Idea, 1918–1992. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 232. ISBN 978-1-85065-663-0.
  4. ^ http://www.dizajnplanina.com/manastir-tronosa-na-izvoru-koji-otvara-oci/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Mladen Stojanović (1970). Socialist Republic of Serbia. Export-Press. p. 324.
  6. ^ Joyce P. Kaufman; Kristen P. Williams (24 December 2007). Women, the State, and War: A Comparative Perspective on Citizenship and Nationalism. Lexington Books. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7391-6261-3.


  • Emmert, Thomas A. (1996), "Milos Obilic and the Hero Myth", Journal of the North American Society for Serbian Studies, 10, archived from the original on 2010-02-13