Διατροφικές συνήθειες και συμβολισμοί κατά το διαβατήριο στάδιο της τελευτής στις Κυκλάδες από τον 20ό αιώνα μέχρι σήμερα
Xanthaki-Karamanou, Georgia I.
Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
Please note: this article is in Greek. Dietary habits and symbolism during the transitional stage of death in the Cyclades from the 20th century to today: For the living, death is a nexus of rituals accompanying the whole procedure from the moment of the onset of death until the period of remembrance by the relatives of the deceased, which lasts for ca two family or community generations, is over. Kollyva (boiled wheat) is the symbolic food par excellence which is consumed during memorial services and, more generally, in rituals of remembrance of the dead over a long period of time. If one studies how these rituals develop, both the manner in which they are transformed and the socio-economic conditions that influence this transformation cannot fail to strike one. In particular, in the case of the Cyclades and especially of Santorini, the development of tourism has resulted in a change in the economic circumstances of the inhabitants from an agricultural to an urban way of life. This change becomes even more obvious in the daily choices made by the inhabitants. The result of this economic development is the commercialisation of death rituals whereby they cease to be representations of religious values and become representations of commercial values. From the moment when the evaluation of social relations in terms of money becomes a criterion for social reproduction, death can no longer be symbolically represented in the form in which it was in the past. Death preserves its outward characteristics whilst its internal nature is deconstructed.
Greek Research, Greece, Australia, Georgia I. Xanthaki-Karamanou
Xanthaki-Karamanou, Georgia I. 2009. Διατροφικές συνήθειες και συμβολισμοί κατά το διαβατήριο στάδιο της τελευτής στις Κυκλάδες από τον 20ό αιώνα μέχρι σήμερα. In E. Close, G. Couvalis, G. Frazis, M. Palaktsoglou, and M. Tsianikas (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2007", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 565-580.