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Lecture by Miranda Terzopoulou: "Fire walking rituals: Young Konstantinos and ‘las Mondidas’ of fire"

Thursday May 24, 2018, 19:00, Amphitheatre, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos

Closing the summer semester Miranda Terzopoulou will give a lecture on popular fire walking rituals. The lecture is organized by the courses The Great Number and Nostalgia, Space and Culture (with Contemporary Cultural History of the Dept. of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology).

Tutors: Phoebe Giannisi, Ioanna Laliotou, Iris Lykourioti, Lois Papadopoulos

Miranda Terzopoulou is an ethnologist. She has worked as a researcher at the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre at the Academy of Athens. Her research focuses on popular rituals related to music and song making both studied as media of collective expression and communicative codification in the social context of several ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. She has been working on ritualistic practices related to cycle of life, the cycle of the year such as the Christmas Twelvetide, the disguises related to the winter solstice, the carnival festivities, the Easter cycle, the fire walking rituals also known as ‘Anastenaria´ in Greece, the summer solstice rituals related to the worship of fire, wedding and funeral customs, rites of passage etc.