SONG AND CUSTOMS ASSOCIATEDWITH ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
The age – old practice of matchmaking as well as dowry system continue to be very significant aspects of contemporary Skyrian life. When a match (most often initiated by the bridegroom’s family) is agreed to, the family of the bride will respond with an ison10. This is an important written document that lists the entire dowry being offered to the bridegroom by the bride’s family. After the ison is thoroughly discussed and agreed upon, it is signed by both parties and witnessed by the local priest11. The engagement is then completed and the ceremony is often concluded with this traditional song: Example 16 (Song No. 108)
Now at the betrothal celebration and the beginning of wedding I’ll sing as long as I’m able; I’ll do whatever I can. I’ve become hoarse and can no longer singTo please my company of friends. My bride most beautiful , my silken veil,The young man we selected for you is most worthy and fitting.
You’re a gold watch, my bride,And from a good family.
A date is then set for the presentation of the pitta (a flat cake or pie), that is, an evening during which the bride will visit the bridegroom’s home for the first time. On that date the bride, accompanied by her parents, relatives and close friends begin their procession through the narrow village pathway singing at the tops of their voices while being accompanied by the local instrumental duo of clarinet and laouto. The bridegroom, his parents, relatives and friends stand waiting at the front door to receive the procession. Upon arriving, the bridal party greets the bridegroom with a special category of music known as “bridegroom praising songs” or “pitta songs” . several typical distichs with their appropriate refrains are cited below:
I beg you to be silent for just a little while, So that I can praise the groom who has such merit.
May you live, may you be lovedBy those who yearn for you.
You’re worthy of praises, and many of them,But this tongue on mine isn’t competent enough.
The groom shines tonight, As bright as the morning star.
May you lice, may you live a long lifeTo have a family of sons and heirs.
My groom, you’re from good parentsAnd you possess elegant manners.
You’ve cast a spell on meAnd I’m crazy about you.
Love doesn’t stand a chance in MayBecause it is summertime;Love is for the fifteenth of AugustWhen the winds change.
My May, with your flowers,With joy and with songs.
I was born in the month of MayAnd I’m not afraid of witchcraft;Except if I’m bewitchedIn bed while asleep.
Sorceress, you’ve cast a spell on meAnd have bewitched my;You’ve entangled meIn your curly hair.
Your sister has bewitched meAnd I’m crazy about you.
Dance is an important aspect of the wedding celebration. Musicians take their place in the middle of the village square (platia) and the entire wedding party (which may consist of over one hundred people) forms a large open circle extending from one end of the square to the other. Invited guests and spectators encircle the dancers. According to tradition, the musicians are obligated to continue playing nonstop (often for more than an hour or two) until each member of the wedding party has had the opportunity to lead the dance. At this point in time anyone is free to join the dance which may continue until dawn. The traditional dance of
Δευτέρα, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2017
SONG AND CUSTOMS ASSOCIATED
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