Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations in Pontos

An important point to stress is that in Anatolia (and within Pontos), christians and muslims shared in each other’s celebrations and at key times in the year they would visit each other’s places of worship.  This was an essential part of maintaining social cohesion in communities. 

Phoenix of the Dreamtime: A world first

Melbourne's 2016 Antipodes Greek Festival was the stage for the world first performance of The Phoenix of the Dreamtime, a music and dance ensemble showcasing the cultures of two indigenous groups; Australia's Aborigines and the Greeks of Pontus (a region in today's Turkey).

Βαρενού, η εύανδρος κώμη

Λίγο μετά την πτώση της Αυτοκρατορίας της Τραπεζούντας στα χέρια  των Τούρκων, το 1461, κάποιοι προνοητικοί Έλληνες Τραπεζούντιοι, αλλά και κάτοικοι παράλιων πόλεων, αποφάσισαν να εγκαταλείψουν τις εστίες τους και διάλεξαν να χτίσουν τα χωριά τους στα βουνά, όσο πιο ψηλά γινότανε, για να γλιτώσουν από την αγριότητα του κατακτητή.

The Origin of Current Greek and Turkish Surnames

It appears that the Chinese were the first to acquire more than one name with the use of surnames.  The exact date when surnames began is shrouded in legend but they clearly occurred well over 2,000 years ago.  In the western world, the inherited family name is a comparatively recent development. Some ancient Greek families identified themselves by an ancestor’s name but the Romans appear to be the first Europeans to make regular use of family names. 

Georgos Andreadis (1936-2015)

Georgos Andreadis was a novelist of Pontic Greek descent. He was born in 1936 in the refugee quarters of Kalamaria, Greece. His family migrated to Greece from Georgia in 1930. His father Kyriakos was a member of the 'Pontic National Assembly', a group which sought to guarantee the rights of Pontic Greeks following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Christian Greek Funeral Rituals in Pontos

There is a lack of written culture in English about Pontos, the northeastern region of Turkey adjacent the Black Sea. This is especially true on orthodox christian Greek funeral rituals. This article addresses this issue with descriptions of Greek funeral rituals primarily from the villages of Santa 66 km (by road) south of Trabzon (which were applicable to many other areas in Pontos) and for crypto-christians in the villages of Kromni 70 km (by road) south of Trabzon.

Η Νικόπολη του Πόντου

The following is a new book - in Greek - about the Pontic district of Nicopolis (Grk; Νικόπολης, Trk: Sebinkarahisar). The book brings together information from a 1964 study on the history and culture of Nicopolis which took place in Kavala, Greece. It also includes place-names of the region. The book is published by Infognomon.

Ο θόδωρον και το κοκκύμελον

Ένα παραμύθι στην ποντιακή διάλεκτο κυκλοφόρησε από τον εκδοτικό οίκο  «ΑΦΟΙ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΗ ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΑΕ». Πρόκειται για την τρυφερή ιστορία του Θόδωρου, που γονιδιακά ανακαλύπτει τις ρίζες του και ακολουθεί, με οδηγό το ένστικτό του, τα χνάρια του παππού του. Μια ιστορία για μικρά και μεγάλα παιδιά, που διεγείρει τη φαντασία των μικρών και τις μνήμες των μεγάλων, την οποία εμπνεύστηκε και έγραψε ο Κοσμάς Τσίναλης.

Greek Orthodox Weddings in Pontos

In Pontos, matchmakers played an important role in Greek Orthodox weddings and sometimes the bride-to-be was not even consulted. The three christian Greek weddings described, which are at times incomplete, show that within Pontic Greek culture there was local variety in the ways common elements were included in the celebrations. 

   

   

  

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