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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mastihohoria Part III: The ultimate cultural diversity

During the Genoese and later the Turkish Occupation, Southern Chios was a restricted area. Nobody could go there, unless there was a serious reason for that. That isolation allowed villagers of Mastihohoria to maintain their traditional values and customs unaltered. Furthermore, each separate village, confined within its walls, formed a small world of its own. That probably explains the paradox why in such a geographically limited space, neighbouring villages are so different as to their local costumes, their customs but mainly their dialect. Every village has its own accent, often its own words. In those villages that are closer to Chios town, their divergences were gradually erased as years went by, but in the most remote ones, there are still manifest differences as to local dialect. 

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