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By M. Papachristophorou

Lipsi types a latest development that has disconnected from its previous. lately, the group has shaped a collective identification reconstructed from fragments of collective reminiscence. This ebook is an ethnographic account of the mythology proposed through the neighborhood and examines how historical past and collective reminiscence tightly interconnect.

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Three of the sons of old-Lios had left Lipsi—one for Chios and two for Egypt—according to this version, which presents Vassilios as a frightening corsair who used this capacity to protect the island from the forays of other corsairs and pirates. The stories of pirates who settled on the islands and married local women abound in Greek oral tradition and are not exclusive to Lipsi (Imellos 1968: 19–20). The local historiography stifles any conflict associated with the settlement of the first modern inhabitants, but it comes out in fragments and in many different versions through storytelling.

Nicholas, one of the two brothers, got up and said: “My idea is that we all go to Archangelos in Leros. Take everything you have, I’ll leave you there and I’ll go and get papers so that we’ll have our own land on the island. ” So they got on the boat, Nicholas left the others on Archangelos (an islet near Leros) and continued to Gerontas (a town on the Asia Minor coast). Nicholas left the boat there and made his way to Constantinople [ . . ” The Sultan said he would give him a firman to the effect that the land was to be shared equally among the inhabitants.

All these beliefs and practices, which in many places were linked to the practice of witchcraft, constitute symbolic equivalents for human sacrifice practices according to the Greek folklorist (1904/1994: 206–207). Relevant rumors and their related stories in Lipsi are many; I consider it very likely that the conviction remains to this day, judging from the “complicity” shared by several of my interlocutors about marks, indications, and coded maps. Moreover, they formed part of my younger participants’ narrative repertoire until very recently.

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