Balkan Family Structure And the European Pattern: by Mariia Nikolaeva Todorova

By Mariia Nikolaeva Todorova

An up-to-date, prolonged, and revised model of the out-of-print 1993 version, this name reassesses the conventional stereotype of where of the Balkans within the version of the ecu family members within the 19th century, at the foundation of latest resource fabric and through synthesizing present examine.

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The Muslim marriage very clearly demonstrated the complete separation of the wedding from the marriage per se which, like the Christian one, represented a whole complex of rituals. The nikâh, for example, III. Marriage and Nuptiality 35 could be concluded some time before the marriage ceremony and in this case the young pair lived separately in their respective parents’ homes. In case the wedding coincided with the marriage ceremony it was concluded on the last day of the ceremony—Thursday. As with the Christian marriages, the religious ceremony was not able to replace the traditional rituals, most important of which was the consummation of the marriage; only after that was the marriage considered legal (Vasileva 1969, 164–165, 182).

Using the family reconstitution method, families have been reconstructed for the village of Sekirovo from the aforementioned wedding register together with the Liber mortuorum (1840–1872), Liber baptizatorum (1833–1876), and the Liber confirmatorum (1840–1926). Ethnological material from the Archives of the Ethnographical Institute and the Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (EIM/BAN) also has been used. These are chiefly the questionnaires on weddings compiled primarily for the study of the wedding ceremony.

H. H. H. H. H. ). Men would usually round their ages at 25, 30, 40 and 45, and women at 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45. H. e. at the time of the registration they would have been exactly 60. It is obvious that people often did not give (and did not know) their exact age, but indicated round, approximate figures, something well known from historical demographic studies of other parts of Europe. 53 (1 being the index for a normal distribution). The data in the table have not been corrected, since our purpose is not to obtain accurate parameters or to compare individual age groups in detail, but to observe some general trends.

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