Photographer's Note

Memorial House of Zmaj of Noćaj, new, with the yard built in the style of old yard in rich houses in Mačva (very north-west part of central Serbia - see map).

Stojan Čupić, also known as "Zmaj od Noćaja" (pronounced ("the Dragon of Noćaj"), was a Serbian voivod, one of the most important leaders of the First Serbian Uprising.

He was born in Piva in Herzegovina and his original surname was Dobrilović. He later moved to Salaš Noćajski in Mačva, where he was adopted by Strahinja Čupić, and took the surname of his adopted father. As an adult, Stojan Čupić was a pig trader. In the First Serbian Uprising, Čupić gained fame in the battle of Salaš, and also took part in the battles of Mišar, Glavica, Klenje, Bajina Bašta, Ravnje, etc. He was captured and killed in Zvornik by Ottoman Turks, who had been tipped off on his whereabouts either by his serfs (according to one version), or by Miloš Obrenović, the leader of the Second Serbian Uprising (according to another version). Obrenović saw Čupić as a potential rival in the struggle for power.

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Additional Photos by Aleksandar Dekanski (dekanski) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 125 N: 960] (6631)
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