Jill Peters
  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    "Sworn Virgin" is the term given to a biological female in the Balkans who has chosen, usually at an early age, to take on the social identity of a man for life. Becoming a "Sworn Virgin" elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the accompanying rights and privileges, rather than being the property of their husbands by tribal clan codes. Pictured: "Sworn Virgin," Skhurtan.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Haki, 70.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Haki, 70.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Mark.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Lumina, 38.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Lumina, 40.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Hajdari is in his late 80s.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Hajdari is in his late 80s.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Qamille, 92, passed away shortly after this portrait was taken.
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  • Sworn Virgins of Albania

    Mark is in his late 60s.
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