Schneider: Of Vigilance and Virgins

Purity and honor, particularly of women, seems to be a common theme amongst most societies. However, the Mediterranean seems to take it farther than others, at least in the past. In the Mediterranean, a family’s honor is based around the women of the family. Whatever she does reflects back onto the men in the family. This systems is part of the reason why the MediterraneanĀ  is considered to have “cultural continuity” rather than a separation of traditions. It is interesting to see that most economic structures are based around honor and shame, especially in the pastoral societies talked about in this paper. It would be interesting to compare the impacts of honor and shame on Mediterranean society and on possibly Asian or Western societies.

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