The sworn virgins of Albania: women that live as men

In northern Albania, there is an old custom that allows women to live as men. It requires great sacrifice: they must take a vow of lifelong celibacy. In return, they are granted all the rights of a man. If you want to learn more about these amazing women, keep on reading the article!

In northern Albania, which is largely Islamic region, if the men in a family have all perished due to war or famine, it is a socially acceptable option for a woman in the family to present in society and live as a man. So to be without a man in the family is incredibly disadvantageous.

Some women took the oath so they could provide for their families, other women took it to be free.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Julie Domaille
I read a story of a woman who lived as a man in North America. No-one even suspected and she became the sheriff and later the mayor of a backwater town. They were gobsmacked when she died (natural causes) the housekeeper thought it would be nice to put her in a clean shirt before burial. But it wasn't religious or even cultural, she just knew a young woman travelling alone in the wild west has no chance so donned men's clothes, cut her hair and kept her head down until.... I would think it happens plenty
Aug 29, 2021 4:52PM
Keti Chubinidze
I read a beautiful novel about it “The Pearl that broke its shell”, but the story is in Afghanistan, apparently it is common in Muslim culture.
Aug 11, 2020 11:04AM
Their traditional ways are how they are raised. They do what is best for them. Women don't have the freedoms American women have
Aug 10, 2020 1:13AM
andrew anna
Everyone has their right to choose. That is what they wanted so let it be.
Aug 9, 2020 4:43PM
Richard Perkins
Darla Deats, What?
Aug 9, 2020 10:17AM
David Colloby
LBGT We were here first!
Aug 9, 2020 1:03AM
Cheryl Cox
They were butch Women who today we call Lesbians, in those days there was no such name, im guessing
Aug 8, 2020 11:13PM
Jim Galati
I think it's just women who are lesbians, and prefer to live a masculine life style big deal..
Aug 8, 2020 7:51PM
Darla Deats
think it's ridiculous!
Aug 8, 2020 5:58PM
Darla Deats
Why can't they leave the atea? I think isdicu
Aug 8, 2020 5:57PM
Denise Bruce
Another example of convoluted religious clap trap!
Aug 8, 2020 5:02PM
Luis Perez
Very interesting information that I am sure is ignored by most people who do not live in that part of the world.
Aug 8, 2020 4:58PM

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