Religion within the context of the marital bans among the Bulgarian Catholics from the region of Plovdiv during the first half of the 20th century Cover Image
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Religion within the context of the marital bans among the Bulgarian Catholics from the region of Plovdiv during the first half of the 20th century
Religion within the context of the marital bans among the Bulgarian Catholics from the region of Plovdiv during the first half of the 20th century

Author(s): Tsvetana Boncheva
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: This article partly presents the results of a research1, carried out on a comparative basis, and dwelling on the marriage and family among the Bulgarian Catholics from the villages of General Nikolaevo, Sekirovo and Parchevich, Plovdiv region2, during the first half of the 20th century. Attention has been focused on the local treatment of religion as a marital ban in view of its role as a key marker in constituting the community identity, and the influence that treatment has had on the specifics of the local marital market and its indirect impact on shaping the rest of the marital obstacles. The source base of the study incorporates ethnographic field material, collected by the author, civil marital registers and parochial books of weddings, baptisms and confirmations from the settlements studied, as well as various documental and literary evidence. The methodological tools employed include quantitative and qualitative methods: the aggregate method, structured and unstructured (or open-ended) interviews, biographical and comparative methods.

  • Issue Year: III/2006
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 113-127
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English