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Seasonality of marriages and ecological contexts in rural communities of central-southern Italy (Abruzzo), 1500-1871.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Collegium Antropologicum
0350-6134
Publisher
Croatian Anthropological Society
Publication Date
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
403–412
Identifiers
PMID: 11811270
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The seasonality of 27,705 marriages celebrated in a four century span in the Province of Teramo (Abruzzo, Italy) was analyzed to identify the presence of a long-term pattern related to the prevailing subsistence activity and the main factors affecting it. The results show general agreement in all centuries with the agricultural patterns of other lowland or south-central Italian groups (Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Latium, Compania, Apulia) and Mediterranean regions (Spain, France), although with some differences. Religious factors strongly affected the timing of marriage only during Lent. Of interest is the progressive increase through the centuries of marriages in the summer-autumn months, associated with a decrease in January and February. This suggests the passage from a summer migration system to a rural sedentary system with occasional seasonal work.

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