Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

May 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm 13 comments

portuguese widow
Location: Nazaré, Portugal
 
It was early morning in the fishing village of Nazaré. I snapped this picture of a widow on her way to the beach presumably to look for local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day.

I know she is a widow because of the way she is dressed. It is customary for a Portuguese widow to dress in black for the rest of her life.

What happens then if and when the widow remarries? Will she keep wearing black mourning clothes?

Perhaps it is question that doesn’t need an answer.

In their book, Culture and Customs of Portugal, Carlos A. Cunha and Rhonda Cunha explained that both the culture and the church dissuades a widow from remarrying because she is considered to be married to her husband for life, even after his death.

The authors continued that “Traditional, social stereotypes cast the widow as an undesirable choice, especially for single man, illustrated in the proverb, O amor de uma viúva é caldo a referver; nunca nenhum é tão bom como o outro marido. (The love of a widow is like reheated broth, never as good as for the first husband.”

But of course, I want to believe that it was said all in jest. Older and wiser when it comes, love has the potential of being better the second time around.

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  • 1. thepetalpusher  |  May 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Interesting information on widows–thanks!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 29, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      thepetalpusher:

      you’re welcome. i’m glad you found it interesting.

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  • 4. Leigh W. Smith  |  May 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Fascinating angle, as well as background, but I can’t help feeling sorry for these ladies. I’m presuming widowers don’t get the same treatment? (And, if not, why not? I mean, no discrimination would be ideal, and I don’t wish it on the men, but if it happens to women, why not men?) Anyway, didn’t mean to get polemic there . . . you always teach me something, Plaridel–have a fantastic weekend!

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    • 5. plaridel  |  May 29, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      leigh:

      i totally agree with you on this one. anybody, regardless of sex, who has lost a spouse, should be entitled to remarry.

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  • 6. Kama  |  May 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    More than the photo, the idea behind the dress made me thinking.

    So, she has to be always in mourning, can’t enjoy her life any longer… That’s just sadistic!
    And let me guess, the widower should remarry as soon as possible and not mourn the late wife for the rest of his life? 😉

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    • 7. plaridel  |  May 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

      kama

      it’s really no fair that men can make up all this kind of rules.

      Reply
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    Thanks for the pingback!

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    • 11. plaridel  |  June 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      stenoodie:

      you’re welcome. 🙂

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