Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The Family

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In Tzoumerka’s traditional society the family, in all of its forms, forms the basis for economic cooperation, political alliance and participation in various customary ceremonies. Family relationships are defined though blood ties and other forms of non-blood relationships (Religious ties, Brotherhoods) that develop social alliances between families. The family is essentially a group of people that live together and manage the household’s financial matters. The household is organized in such a way that it continuously possesses the necessary financial and cultural resources for its preservation and social reproduction. Furthermore the family acts as a social entity which welcomes new members and their integration within the broader community. This integration, in terms of space, is reflected in the size and diversity of residential areas (i.e. the neighborhoods) that bear a family’s surname. Specific work activities ensure the sustainability and growth of the household’s organisation through mutual exchanges with other families. In Matsouki for example individual neighborhoods carry household names such as Nakaioi, Tsantoulaioi, Rovisaioi and Gkogkaioi. Additionally, the household’s surname also identifies its professional activity. The Gkogkaioi and the Nikaioi families owned two of the strongest sheep farming units in the settlement. Smaller sheep farmers could only worked around these families. Similarly, in Syrrako one finds the ραφτάδικα (raftadika) families, i.e. families made up of tailors, in addition to those involved in sheep farming. The most powerful families are those of merchants and tailors. Their homes are located near the square which symbolically represents the center of political and economic power. In contrast, farmers’ homes are established in the area’s surrounding settlements.