An Amulet of Greek Earth: Generations of Immigrant Folk Culture

An Amulet of Greek Earth: Generations of Immigrant Folk Culture

by Helen Papanikolas
     
 

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The boys and men who left their Greek valley and mountain villages in the early 1900s for America came with amulets their mothers had made for them. Some were miniature sacks attached to a necklace; more often they were merely a square of fabric enclosing the values of their lives: a piece of a holy book or a sliver of the True Cross representing their belief

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The boys and men who left their Greek valley and mountain villages in the early 1900s for America came with amulets their mothers had made for them. Some were miniature sacks attached to a necklace; more often they were merely a square of fabric enclosing the values of their lives: a piece of a holy book or a sliver of the True Cross representing their belief in Greek Orthodoxy; a thyme leaf denoting their wild terrain; a blue bead to ward off the Evil Eye; and a pinch of Greek earth.

In her evocative and meticulously researched book An Amulet of Greek Earth, author Helen Papanikolas explains and examines the vibrant culture these immigrants brought with them to the new world. The Romiosini culture, as it was called, provided the foundation for their new lives and was oftentimes the cause of strife as they passed on their beliefs and traditions to successive generations of Greek Americans.

In the tradition of her fictional accounts of Greek immigrant life, Helen Papanikolas unearths the cultural beliefs and passions that compelled the Greek-American community to make its own way into the broader culture of America. Based on extensive study, personal interviews, and a lifetime of experience, An Amulet of Greek Earth is a revealing and informative chronicle of the immigrant's experience in becoming an American

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"Writers like Papanikolas should live a thousand years.”

Journal of the Int. Greek Folklore Society

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An author of fiction and non-fiction, Papanikolas began writing down some of the stories she had heard growing up in a Greek immigrant community during the 1920s in a mining town in Utah. Later she incorporated studies of immigrants into her college courses about the state. Since the early 1970s, she has given talks to Greek Americans around the country, and here assembles stories of their experience and cultural traditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804010382
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,423,611
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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