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Theofania in Northern Greece: Dance Rituals of Blessing and Protection

A photo-essay describing village ritual dances with strong resonances with pre-Christian Greece . . .

It is dark; it is snowing; I am here not as an observer only, but with friends, and so I surrender to the hours and days of drinking and dancing, feeling myself warmed and transformed by this inner and outer fire. . . . By three o’clock, the whole village gathers at the plateia to dance. Hundreds of people spiral into a single circle with one leader, keeping the large center open as a sacred space . . . to enact the ancient ritual dramas of death and resurrection . . .

Read in the KEF Times.

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