Family Matters

Our e-pal hbd*chick has just put up a fascinating post on the Hajnal Line.

The what?

The Hajnal Line marks a boundary between areas of Europe characterized by different marriage practices. Among hbd*chick’s primary areas of interest is the effect these differences have had on both culture and genome in historical time.

Hie thee thither and learn more.

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  1. JK says

    Oh. I tries and I tries & what does I get for my efforts?


    Malcolm? You get a scrip from a Colorado MD?

    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink
  2. “… a fascinating post …”

    One man’s “fascinating” is another’s “frustrating”. The post is an encyclopedic sprawl of interesting facts and/or conjectures, badly in need of an editor or two. The devil-may-care gramatical style doesn’t help, either.

    And what the heck does “inside a line” mean?

    Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  3. JK says

    Amazing thing this internet. One can learn much of individuals just by following along on a comment thread.

    For instance TheBigHenry, I now know you don’t watch, Locked Up Abroad.

    Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
  4. ???

    Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  5. JK says

    Those busted “riding” the Marrakesh Express spoke of living inside a line.

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  6. hbd*chick also speaks of “inside a line”. I still don’t get what that means.

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink
  7. Malcolm says

    The Hajnal Line encloses an area of Western Europe. (It’s really several lines.)

    Think of it as an eruv. Within the boundary it demarcates, certain traditions apply.

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
  8. “Line encloses an area”

    Only if the line is a closed loop.

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  9. Malcolm says

    Well, the sea does some of the work. The original line went north-south, so it would have been “west of the line”, but then southern Iberia, southern Italy, Hibernia, etc. got nipped off as well, so it became more of an enclosed region.

    Anyway, you get the idea now, right?

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  10. JK says

    Only if the line is a closed loop.

    Or maybe, the line extends across the land extending on both the north and southern ends over and into some body of water.

    (Assuming few of the locals on either side wisht to canoe for “strange” places.)

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  11. Yeah, yeah.

    Sloppy presentation …

    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Permalink