"Ethnography, Historiography, and the Making of History in the Tradition of the Anastenaria"

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In five villages of Northern Greece, the communities of the Anastenaria have a long tradi- tion of fire-walking rituals. The Anastenaria are Orthodox Christians, and their rituals are performed in honour of saints Constantine and Helen. However, the majority of Greek scholars have argued that these rituals originate from the ancient orgiastic cults of Dionysus. This theory was intentionally designed to serve specific political agendas, namely to prove the continuity of Greek civilization from ancient to modern Greece. Despite lacking any evidentiary support whatsoever, it became the dominant view of the Anastenaria for more than a century and has heavily influenced not only the ethnographic representation of this tradition but also the tradition itself. This article explores ethnographic practice in the context of the Anastenaria, its effects on this tradition, and the implications for further anthropological research on the subject.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftHistory and Anthropology
Vol/bind22
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)57-74
Antal sider18
ISSN0275-7206
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2011

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