ALTculture 10/2020 - The Charms of Samarina in Greece – The Legendary Village of the Ethnic Aromanians By Nikolin Svetlana Years back my friends and I voluntarily translated an interesting book, a study by A.J.B. Wace and M.S. Thompson entitled ‘Nomads of the Balkans: an account of life and customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus’ which was published in London in 1914. This book gave some really great information about Aromanians (Vlachs) of the Balkans, at that time almost totally unknown ethnic group.
ALTculture 01/2020 – People of the Balkans Scaring away the Winter bad Spirits to Herald a Joyful Spring
ALTculture 01/2020 - People of the Balkans Scaring away the Winter bad Spirits to Herald a Joyful Spring By Nikolin Svetlana In many parts of the world this period of the year is always connected with carnivals with which people wish to mark joyfully, colourfully and loudly that spring is coming. In many places especially rural areas of the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe all these parades, masquerade parties, dances, street theatre performances receive different shape connected with ancient pagan customs.