The kulla, Theth

a stone tower for protection of those in blood feud

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Blood feuds are not an entirely historical part of Albanian life as there are still families ‘in blood’ with one another, and the ancient ‘Kanun’ law which requires revenge killings is still invoked. The impact of this can be well appreciated by a visit to this historical stone tower where families in blood could be protected. It was necessary for whole families to shelter in this way because one of the most vicious features of blood feud is that any male relative of a man who had committed murder is considered eligible as a victim of revenge.

For a vivid evocation of the world of those who live by this ancient code, read Ismail Kadare’s Broken April.

Categories: See & Do: Historical |
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