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    STUDIA HISTORIA - Issue no. 2 / 2014  

Authors:  SORIN MITU.
  Abstract:   Sleep in traditional peasant mentality. In this article, sleep is analyzed, as it appears in Romanian folkloric texts from a historical and ethnographic per-spective. The analysis highlights a number of issues concerning the specific condi-tions under which Romanian peasants slept and traditional attitudes about sleep. The findings show that sleep was overestimated in the peasant mentality, even if they sometimes slept syncopated in short sequences. At night, and in the case of Romanian peasants, sleep was interrupted on two occasions, as observed in other recent research on the history of nocturnal activities.

Keywords: sleep history, history of nocturnal activities, peasant mentali-ty, Romanian folklore
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