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

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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


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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication M. E. Durham

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Albanians (EG01)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eg01-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-314) and index pages 35-62, 77-120, 132-151, 157-190, 215-242 were not processed for the files

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1900-1920

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Traveller, Folklorist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Robert J. Theodoratus ; 1962

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1908-1910

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Northern Albania

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Albanians//Tribes--Balkan Peninsula// Balkan Peninsula--Social life and customs


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