ETHNIC-RELIGIOUS STEREOTYPES OF WOMEN AMONG BALKAN SLAVS
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Balkan societies, diversified in the political, ethnic and religious sense, are characterized by long-lasting tensions resulting from mutual influences of geographically close cultures. As manifested in epic songs, THE OTHERS' women have always been a challenge to men, which is especially pronounced at the 'meeting places' of different religions. At these borderline terrains, kidnapping someone else's woman was seen as a heroic deed, bringing fame to the kidnapper. The hatred towards representatives of other religions was manifested in kidnapping their most beautiful women, claiming them as one's own possession and converting them to one's own faith. THEIR women were kidnapped by force, tricks or through their own consent, thanks to which religious intolerance could be overcome. The strongest warriors desired to take possession of the most beautiful women of THE OTHERS.
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