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Брачният модел в ромските общности
Marital pattern in Romany communities

Author(s): Alexey Pamporov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article treats of the problem that there are several specifics in Romany cultural pattern, which does official statistical data irrelevant for analysis. Important and legitimate are four traditional marital strategies: a ransom, an elopement, a kidnap and an agreement. All four are centered on the celebration of “tchshaype” (defloration in the first marriage night). The marital pattern in Romany communities is characterized by early beginning of sexual life (in fact, because of “tchshaype”, that is early beginning of matrimony) – 58% up to age of 16 and 87% up to age of 18. Also main characteristics are a high rate of separation and divorce among cohabitants and spouses; a high rate of serial monogamy; an early fertility. Furthermore there are two types of matrimonial nets. A part of subgroups (tinsmits, coppersmits) are strictly tribal endogamious, but other part are more integrated in society (so called “erlides” – natives) and rather they maintain local areas.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 164-178
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian