Hi Caye -
Soroka and the whole fan damily sound like interesting people! My own
opinion disagrees with the idea that Slovaks lived by the bible. I
suspect that modern concept came in with literacy and Protestantism.
Perhaps someone who knows theological history can comment. Prior to
that, I suspect people believed (and still believe) in the teachings of
the Church. Stained glass windows were supposed to be developed to tell
the illiterate the holy stories. I suspect the European dependency upon
graphical traffic signs is a direct result of that graphic church
tradition, and not just to make life better with so many languages.
Now for independent women. With some of the female (Slovak too)
chauvinists I know, it is dangerous territory for a man to address! I
do suspect communism had little to do with it, or it just carried on the
opportunity and necessity for women to be independent. I suspect it is
rooted in the Slovak cave man days when women worked hard at food
gathering while we men went off to look for fermented berries to enhance
the hunting stories we told each other. Every week or two we would
bring back some meat to brag about and keep the women somewhat happy.
This was followed in Slovakia by the necessity for many men to travel
for seasonal work, leaving the woman home to run things and keep the
hearth warm. Now all of these wandering men and homebound women make me
wonder just how good genealogical research is without a solid set of
travel documentation... so the women had plenty of incentive to be
independent throughout most of history. Then came the immigrations and
the men who came to America and years later brought the wife and kids.
It makes me wonder how often in history this idealized idea of a stable
household, extended family and beneficial village really existed. Yes,
I do believe they did - sometimes, but perhaps not as often as we like
ducking for cover!
Caye Caswick wrote:
> OK, here is the reply I got from my mother's friend, we'll call her Soroka -- it is one of the surnames she is researching, but distant enough to protect her innocence . . .
> Hi Caye!I don't quite believe what was written about the woman being the head of her household. The Slovaks were religious people and I believe lived by the Bible.In the Bible the man is over the woman. From my own family experience, my mother was not a bossy person.