Wednesday, October 12, 2005

"Shtepi eshte Shqiptari [This house is Albanian]": this writing and equivalents to it are seen everywhere; as far as I can tell, it functions to identify Albanian households so that paramilitaries pass over them, in an echo of the story of Passover.

According to the tradition of Passover, the Angel of Death was sent to punish the Egyptians - the Israelites' oppressors - and the Israelites daubed their doors with the blood from sacrificial lambs to identify themselves so that the Angel of Death passed over them.

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