The Rhodopean Family in the Period from the End of the XIXth c. to the 50-es of the XX th century (Ethno-confessional aspects) Cover Image
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Родопското семейство в периода от края на XIX до 50-те години на XX век (Етноконфесионални аспекти)
The Rhodopean Family in the Period from the End of the XIXth c. to the 50-es of the XX th century (Ethno-confessional aspects)

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

Summary/Abstract: The article traces the most important changes in the structure and social composition of the family in the Rhodopes. There have been pointed out the historical, political, economical and cultural conditions determining the development of the Rhodope region during the period under consideration, which are a prerequisite for various specifics in the development of the family institution. The latter corresponds to the fundamental changes marking a new stage in the development of Bulgarian society after the Liberation much more slowlier, compared to other regions of the country. The main item is the process of destruction of the patrilineal bases of the family and the establishment of the conjugal family among both the basic in the region confessional groups (Bulgarians — Christian and Bulgarians — Muslim). The author examines in detail the specifics of the so-called "paternal integral family" which is particularly active among Bulgarian — Muslim population in the Rhodopes as far as the middle of the XXth century. In regard to this the variety of customary-law practices reglamenting the frame and structure of this type family units — a modyfied variation of the former "zadrouga" in this region, have been considered. As a part of the analysis are presented the changes in number of the members of the family which shows a great amplitude during the period considered. In conclusion the author subsumes the most important factors conditionning typical for the region trends in the development of the family.

  • Issue Year: 1995
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 16-30
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian