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‘Bure ne Gjak’ Portrait


Guns are not only used for recreation. It is easy to recognize a ‘bure ne gjak’ (lit. translation: ‘a man in blood’). There is a whole book in the ‘Kanun’ dealing with personal honour: Chapter Seventeen, Paragraph 597: “There is no fine to an offence of honour”. Paragraph 598: “An offence to honour is not paid for with property, but by the spilling of blood or by a magnanimous pardon”, i.e. by killing the offender or by offering him reconciliation. Book Ten, Chapter CXXVI is entitled: “Blood is paid for with blood”. In fact feuds are common in the Dukagjin and sometimes go on for generations. Koman