Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland.

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Samantha Jones Professor Ford Anthropology 103 30 November 2009 The people of Ballybran parish are located in southwest Kerry, which is in Ireland. All there is in this small rural county town is a school, chapel, cemetery, three pubs, some good shops, the forge, a guest house, two graveyards and three churches that are in ruins. (Scheper-hughes ,19) It is a small rural village and doesn’t have a lot of tutorist attractions. The people of Ballybran are very long, lean, and finally sculptured meaning in shape. (Scheper-hughes, 19) There have very fair skin. Much of what these people eat is from the sea. They also eat packaged good and canned goods from the local shops. These people are farmers they mostly grow potatoes and cabbage.…show more content…
For the people in the village who owned businesses they would pass they down through there family. (Scheper-hughes, 99) Most of the people in the town have a hard time trusting outsiders so they usually marry within their community. The marriages are usually limited to women in the six or ten households in the town land. (Scheper-hughes, 99) The people are catholic so in the catholic religion you cannot marry someone who you are blood related to. People have such few choices of which to marry they will go as far as to deny their relations but the parish as it on record. They keep the relationships low key in order to hide the number or marriages between cousins. Although it is against there religion it is not uncommon for them to marry a second cousin. (Scheper-hughes, 100) The priest in this rural town tend to let the rule slide of not letting cousins get married. Most of the time the women are brought into the town from other counties and other parishes. In some cases the men when they are in other countries will bring back wives, but the people in the town don’t like it and never can trust them. The men don’t do it very often because most times the women get bored and cannot get used to living such a rural life style. In marriages as long as the mother in law is still alive she will always be rude to the bride. This

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