honeybrownchild
honeybrownchild:

From Slate:
“Sworn virgins” (burrneshas in Albanian) are Albanian women who decide to ignore their female identity and live as men in the Balkans. Photographer Jill Peters traveled to Northern Albania to meet and photograph these women.  The decision to live as men is more related to gender roles in the Albanian culture rather than a statement of sexuality; these women live their lives appearing as men.

Sworn virgins have existed for centuries. According to tradition dating back to the 15th century developed out of the Kanun, a tribal code of law, tribal clans from the Balkans considered families without a male presence as pariahs. When blood feuds decimated all the men in a family, the only way to salvage their honor was for a woman to become the patriarch of the clan and start acting like a man.
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honeybrownchild:

From Slate:

“Sworn virgins” (burrneshas in Albanian) are Albanian women who decide to ignore their female identity and live as men in the Balkans. Photographer Jill Peters traveled to Northern Albania to meet and photograph these women.  The decision to live as men is more related to gender roles in the Albanian culture rather than a statement of sexuality; these women live their lives appearing as men.

Sworn virgins have existed for centuries. According to tradition dating back to the 15th century developed out of the Kanun, a tribal code of law, tribal clans from the Balkans considered families without a male presence as pariahs. When blood feuds decimated all the men in a family, the only way to salvage their honor was for a woman to become the patriarch of the clan and start acting like a man.

Read more by clicking the picture.

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pepenero:

Gjirokastër • Albania 2014

The beautiful narrow streets of Gjirokastër can tell alot of the albanian history. While you walking inside them you can see the ottoman influences in architecture, the house of Enver Hoxha: the dictator that wrote the worst page in the memories of the people, the same people that used these street to scream against the new corrupt goverment during the ‘90. The history of Albania is long, full of pride for their tradition and culture and on these street I understand why.

Today Gjirokaster is a quite village, members of the UNESCO world heritage site.