Qamile Stema Is A Burrnesha , One Of The Last " Sworn Virgins " Of Alb ...
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Description: Qamile Stema is a Burrnesha , one of the last " Sworn Virgins " of Albania . The strongly atavistic and patriarchal Albanian rural world still pays attention to the ancient laws of the " Kanun " , an ancestral code which rules from the feared Blood Feuds to the possibility of pushing a girl in whose family there are no males left , the young Qamile , to swear a vow of chastity which to the eyes of the society , will transform her in a man for the rest of her life . Since then , she has always dressed , worked and lived as one more man in the community and become the head of her family . As a kind of Family Tree , a mosaic of photographs at her houseÂs entrance tells her story and how the shortage of men pushed her to take the oath .
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