Monchique people – some characteristics

According to Americo’s dissertation in 1985, some aspects of the character of Monchique residents were:

Conflict between neighbours
Marriage within bloodlines
Suspicion of commercial contact
Economic survival – rich artisanal products from the earth’s survival e.g making clothes
Everyone capable of producing for himself, to eat etc.
The customs of the region are not hugely exuberant and large festivities
Suspicion of outsiders, things that are free or promised
A strong reserve for anything that is new
The tavern is the centre of the male village life
Large number of mental health issues, i.e. suicide
Medronho has magic that wakens strength and happiness
Apathy amongst young people

Having lived here for 2 months, it is pretty clear that not much has changed


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