Arbereshe in Italy

Joshua Project has identified the Arbereshe only in Italy





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Profile Source: Anonymous

Where are they Located?

This ethnically Albanian community lives in Italy's southern mountians, especially in Calabria, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise and Sicily.

What are Their Lives Like?

One author's remembers a visit to the village of Baille, at the top of the mountians above the city of Potenzia: "In the 70's, when I found my grandmother's sister and her husband still alive and living there, the village had just only recieved single strand electricity. The electric service consisted of a few lights bulbs and an open air coffee cafe with a couple of electic light bulbs. The only other commerical enterprise was a stone oven bakery where the village bread was baked. It too was more open air than housed; a couple of half walls made of rubble brick. The houses are small and made from stone with small stone fireplaces. They lived off the land. My family had a small piece of land with olive trees. They traded olives and gathered twigs, wild mushrooms and wild onions. They had a son who worked as an electrician in Naples. He visited on weekends maybe twice a month and helped out financially."

What are Their Beliefs?

The majority are of the Latin Catholic rite.

Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Arbereshe
People Name in Country Arbereshe
Population in Italy 103,000
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Tosk Albanian
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Albanian
People Name General Arbereshe
Ethnic Code CEW13
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Location in Country South; Calabria, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise, Sicily

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Albanian, Arbereshe (103,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Albanian, Arbereshe 103,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1868-1869)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
83.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
17.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
4.0 %
Roman Catholic
86.0 %
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