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by Archaeology Newsroom

The “Bourani” of Tyrnavos as a Custom and Its Dance. The Maypole

“Bourani” is a custom of phallocratic character of Carnival with dance and maypole as two of its basic components. This article aims at showing how the members of the Tyrnavos society understand the concept of “dance” in the framework of “bourani”. Therefore, the ways in which the spectators see and interpret the “dance” and the custom performers themselves describe and characterize their “dance” activity are examined. The Association of Maypole-Bourani plays an important role in the realization of the performance that the entire population of the small town has in mind. Therefore, this article deals not only with the description of the custom and the presentation of the course of the Association from the time of its foundation to the present, but also with the meaning of “dance” among the participants of “bourani”, as well as in the society of Tyrnavos in general. The symbolic image of maypole related to the custom is an element of catalytic importance for the explanation and analysis that follow.