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by Archaeology Newsroom

Dance and Contention of Identity in Goumenissa, Kilkis

The community of Goumenissa in the prefecture of Kilkis appears to be a heterogeneous society, a cultural crossroads that is characterized by a rich dance activity. Two distinct dance events, the performance of dance groups and the merriment in the music of clarinets respectively prove that dance in Goumenissa is not simply an expression of cultural identity, but also a form of many-faceted contest that reflects the conscious or unconscious choice of society for coherence or diversity. The interchanging and intercomplementary identities pursue to project either the local and/or broader national symbols or the specific cultural characteristics of the occasional ethnic-cultural groups.