Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
Υπόμνημα:

To Witness and to Deny

Once upon a time there was a mother and her son. The son eventually married but shortly after the wedding he emigrated overseas for many years. The mother and the son’s newlywed bride stayed in the village to work the fields. The bride became pregnant but was carrying another man’s child. After the child was born they didn’t know what to do. Then the mother-in-law had an idea. She told her daughter-in-law that they shall do no harm to the child and they devised a plan to make it seem that the child was indeed her son’s so that he wouldn’t scold his bride. So one Sunday they left the child outside a church. When the church service ended the child was found crying loudly by local villagers. “Whose is it?” they asked. The mother-in-law stepped up and suggested that she takes the child and raises it seeing that her daughter in law didn’t have any children. So the old woman took the child and raised it along with her daughter-in-law. When the son returned from overseas he began to ask about the child. “It’s ours” his mother told him and he got angry. Then his mother explained that they had found the child abandoned. So they kept it, loved it and adopted it as if their own. Years passed and the old woman died. During the funeral they saw a white veil covering the old woman’s body. The locals couldn’t understand it and so they called their despot who explained that the white veil appeared because the woman witnessed an event, covered it up and never reveal it.

Anna Chasalevri. Diverse folk tales from Agnanta in Arta. Students Manuscripts, Folklore Studies, School of Philosophy, University of Ioannina. New Series 1973-1978, p 1073-1109.