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Confessional alterity achieved through marriage by the Romanians from Crisana area (2nd half of the 19th century - beginning of the 20th century)

Alteritatea confesională prin căsătorie la românii din zona Crişanei (a doua jumătate a secolului XIX - începutul secolului XX)
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Abstract A marriage amongst youth belonging to the Greek-Catholic and Orthodox confessions was considered almost normal in certain communities. This can be explained by the fact that few parishioners could grasp the differences between the two confessions. At the same time, we have the ethnical aspect. Ethnie could not be separated in this case from confession, as both Greek-Catholics and Orthodox in the area are mostly of Romanian ethnie. These elements should be considered especially since we considered a mainly rural area, where customs “laws” are superposed over the official ones. On the other hand, in the mixed Greek-Catholic and Roman-Catholic communities, inter-confessional marriages are easier accepted on the “official” level. An important constraint, or, on the contrary, a strong determination against a mixed inter-confessional family came from the families. As mentioned before, a strong pressure against achieving a mixed marriage came from the church. Both parishes to which the youngsters belonged had to be consulted. In order to have a religious marriage, they needed an engagement exemption from the archpriest (they came weeks, even months late, there were situations when the marriages were not accepted, so there would be no exemption). They had to pay a large amount for the exemption, so that many youngsters could not afford to pay for it; this was often solved by clandestine “wild” marriage. However, both the State and the Church wished to stop this phenomenon, so they took steps in this area.
Keywords marriage; intermarriage; religious affiliation; ethnicity; family; multicultural society; ethnic relations; Transylvania; Romania; Hungary
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Free Keywords Crişana; Greek-Catholic; Orthodox
Document language Other language
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 147-166
Journal Romanian journal of population studies (2010) Suppl.
Issue topic În Căutarea fericirii: viaţa familială în spaţiul românesc în sec. XVIII-XX
Status Preprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike