The Ghegs by Ibrahim Manzour: 1827
Information on #Albania and the Customs of its Inhabitants. (Painting by Pavle 'Paja' Jovanovich 1887)
The Ghegs live in the northernmost part of Albania, in the districts of Shkodra, #Ulqin, #Kosova, #Durrës, #Elbasan, #Tirana, Kruja and #Dibra. They differ from the rest of the country in the form and colour of their clothing, too, which, with a very few exceptions, is always crimson coloured. […] The Ghegs are the hardiest of the Albanians and make good horsemen and excellent foot soldiers, whereas the other Albanians are only good as foot soldiers. The members of this tribe are exceptionally zealous #Sunni Muslims, very fierce and cruel. They all react immediately to issues involving their honour. They are infinitely more sociable and less crude than the rest of the nation. The Turks honour them by calling them the #Osmanlis of Albania. They intensely dislike the other #tribes. Among the Ghegs, there are many #Christians of #Roman Catholic rite who call themselves Latins and who are so called by the Muslims. They are not easily offended as they have learned to gain the respect of the Muslims by their honest, loyal and peaceful behaviour. These values have led to respect for their #peaceful ways. The district of #Kruja that is subordinate to the Pasha of #Shkodra is inhabited almost entirely by Latin #Christians, who are otherwise #Albanian in language and customs. They only call themselves Latins because of their religion that recognises the #Pope in #Rome. One must do justice to them. They lack most of the faults that make the #Albanians one of the most detested peoples on #earth. They know how to repulse an attack, but are never themselves the aggressors.
The #Latins are #supportive of one another such that, if the father of a family suffers a misfortune that threatens his existence, his co-believers come to his aid. They bear #arms to #defend their land. The #Muslims admit them willingly into their ranks because they know that they can rely on them and that the latter are never treacherous. - #regrann