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Tales, Rituals and Songs: Exploring the Unknown Popular Culture of a Greek Mountain Village

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"This translation into English by Panayotis League of a long-forgotten but fascinating monograph by the late Nikolaos Nitsos, a scholar from a small village in what is now northwestern Greece, is an impressive achievement, not least because the task was made more challenging by the complexity of the original text and the antiquated form of Greek in which it was written. Its publication is a momentous event, bringing back to life a work of enormous interest and fine literary qualities." 

- from the foreword by Dr. Dimitrios Konstadakopoulos


Foreword, Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

p. xv

Foreword to the Second Edition, Nikos A. Skopas

p. xxvii

Preface, Soterios Zoulas

p. xlvii

Prologue, Nikolaos Nitsos

p. li

Chapter 1

Ancient Antecedents and Topographical Details

p. 1

Chapter 2

The Modern Village of Tsamantas

p. 43

Chapter 3

Politics and Religion

p. 71

Chapter 4

Schools and Education

p. 75

Chapter 5

Intellectuals and Scholars

p. 81

Chapter 6

Financial Matters

p. 93

Chapter 7

Ethos and Customs Concerning Religious, Family, Social, and National Life

p. 99

Photo Section

p. 150

Chapter 8

Linguistic Features

p. 155

Chapter 9

Folk Wisdom and Philosophy in Tsamantas

p. 163

Chapter 10

The Popular Muse in Tsamantas

p. 171

Chapter 11

Fairy Tales, Riddles, and Word Games

p. 193

Chapter 12 


p. 207

Chapter 13 

On the Slang of the Tinkers of Tsamantas and the Surrounding Area

p. 257

Appendix I

p. 263

Appendix II

Newer Additions

p. 307

Appendix III


p. 327

 Product Description

Hard Cover:

347 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



Product Dimensions:

6 x 9 x 0.8 inches


Nikolaos Nitsos

Publication Year:



Panyayotis League

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