Durham, M. E. (Mary Edith), 1863-1944. Some tribal origins, laws, and customs of the Balkans

Table of Contents

Publication Information

Section I The Tribes Of Albania And Montenegro

Section I The Tribes Of Albania And Montenegro

1. The Tribal System In North Albania

2. The Maltsia E Madhe Group

3. The Pulati Group

The Puka Group

The Postripa Group

The Mirdite Group


4. The Wholly Moslem Tribes

Dibra Group

Prizren Group

Djakova Group

Ipek Group

5. The Tribes Of Montenegro Up To 1913

Section Ii Government And Law

1. Strabo And The Ancient Tribes. The Coming Of The Slav

2. Tribe Law In North Albania

The Canon Of Lek Dukagin

Murder Within The Tribe

Murder Outside The Tribe



Fines For Other Matters


Tribal Business

3. Montenegro

3. Tattooing In Albania

4. A Bird Tradition In The Balkan Peninsula

Relationships In North Albania

Mother's Side.

Father's Side.

2. Blood-brotherhood

Serbs And Montenegrins


2. Marriage


3. The Levirate

4. Rights Of Husband Over Wife

5. Marriage Customs In Montenegro

6. Divorce


7. Marriage Of An Outsider Into A Tribe


Forbidden Degrees

Section Vii Magic, Medicine, Soothsaying

1. Magicians, Witches, And Vampires

2. The Evil Eye

3. Witches And Magic In Montenegro

4. Some Balkan Remedies. Medicine And Surgery In Albania

Herbal Remedies In Albania

5. Remedies In Montenegro And Bosnia

6. Soothsaying

7. The Curse

8. The Oath

Section Viii Some Blakan Taboos. Iron. Hair

Section Viii Some Balkan Taboos. Iron. Hair

1. Propitiating The Stranger

2. The Name Taboo

3. The Food Taboo

4. Taboo On Showing The Face

5. Iron

6. Hair. Some Beliefs And Customs Connected With It


Publication Information

Paragraph Subjects (OCM)

Publication Information


Title: Some tribal origins, laws, and customs of the Balkans

Published By: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1928. 176 p.: ill. [incomplete]

By line: M. E. Durham

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Albanians (EG01)

Subjects: History (175); Tribe and nation (619); Extended families (596); Clans (614); Theological systems (779); Offenses against life (682); Decorative art (531); Personal grooming (302); Body alterations (304); Revelation and divination (787); Magical and mental therapy (755); Medical therapy (757); Sorcery (754);

Abstract: In this volume the author has reworked the materials in many of her earlier monographs and papers on Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia. Although the data is presented in a folkloristic framework this does not detract from its value and reliability. The best sections are those on tribal groupings in Northern Albania and Montenegro, law and blood feuds, rites of passage, sorcery and witchcraft and on medical beliefs.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: eg01-002

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: pages 35-62, 77-120, 132-151, 157-190, 215-242 were not processed for the files.

Field Date: 1900-1920

Evaluation: Traveller, Folklorist-5

Analyst: Robert J. Theodoratus ; 1962

Coverage Date: 1908-1910

Coverage Place: Northern Albania

LCSH: Albanians//Tribes--Balkan Peninsula// Balkan Peninsula--Social life and customs


Copy and paste a formatted citation or use one of the links below to export the citation to your chosen bibliographic manager.

Export a Citation