42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
Starting page: 38

The dowery’s role in Moldavian Hungarian marriage custom. This discussion of doweries and inheritance customs is based on the fact that traditional life in Moldavia is all connected to farming. "In Moldavia...generally the youngest boy inherited his father’s house, the father built houses or helped build houses for the rest of his sons; the daughters were married off. This system was known in Moldavia from feudal times...The groom brought real estate (a house and land, or the means to procure those)...” to a marriage. In some places however, the flax growing land was exclusively inherited by the women. There is mention of how collectivization (under Socialism) affected these traditions since family lands became state lands and could no longer be inherited. By Halász Péter.