Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The Punishment of the Evil Mother-in-Law

“Once upon a time there was a woman and she had a son. When her son grew up he got married. The son after some time immigrated to a foreign land. His mother and newlywed bride stayed behind to work the fields. They worked the fields and took care of the animals all day long. However in the evening, instead of sleeping, the mother-in-law would take her spinning wheel and cry out to her daughter-in-law: “Come my darling, let’s spin. So all night long they’d chew on beans, spin yarn and wouldn’t sleep at all. What was the girl to do? She went to her brother and explained the situation: “All day I’m in the fields and in the evening I’m spinning yarn.” The brother listened to her complaints and thought: “This is what we’re going to do. I will disguise myself one night and I’ll make my way to your house. In my one hand I’ll have a bag of walnuts and in the other I’ll have a ploughshare.

Now, when I hit you you’ll have to scream really loudly so that your mother-in-law will think that you are in pain.” And so that’s what happened. That evening the brother appeared, disguised as planned, and he started hitting his sister and her mother-in-law while saying: “Will you work another night?” Without even waiting for a reply he’d continue to hit his sister and her mother-in-law too. His sister would cry out in desperation: “Oh my bones are aching!” But the brother kept hitting his sister with the walnuts and her mother-in-law with the ploughshare. Once he had enough he left but threatening to return if they carried on working at night. The following day the mother-in-law narrated the event to the villagers: “I was badly beaten was so was my dear daughter. I could hear her bones crack.” From then on when the evening came the mother-in-law kept to herself and went to sleep early.”