Cafone and Contadino

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Cafone and Contadino

Postby JOHN08 » 25 Jul 2012, 19:33

What is the difference (is there a difference?) between a cafone, a peasant, and a contadino, a peasant farmer? The research I have found does not clearly define the the difference between these terms.

The region of my ancestors is Abruzzo.

Thanks for any clarification.

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Re: Cafone and Contadino

Postby suanj » 25 Jul 2012, 21:52

contadino=peasant
cafone=pesant (also)
but normally the "contadino" was a man that working in own farm or working in a farm of another owner;
instead the "cafone" was a peasant (as contadino) but the word meaning a peasant of a very, more humble condition, illiterate...

the word origin is: "ca' fune" ( with rope) for to say a people that used the rope for the pants instead of to use the belt.
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