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BOATS - TAMATA AND SEA DEDICATION PRACTICE IN THE AEGEAN (Book in Greek)

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Reference: 978-960-295-062-3

A recording and study on naval vows / tributes.

Despite the richness and variety of our naval services, research in this field is almost non-existent in our country. Unlike in other European countries, there has been an impressive mobilization for years for the labeling, recording, study and protection of their respective tributes. Studies are published, relevant magazines are published, museum spaces are available, periodic exhibitions and conferences are held and associations for the protection of naval tributes have been established. In Greece, except for seafood, the general study of dedication practice is quite limited. Especially for the metal "tamata" (dummies of human limbs, animals and objects), the marine expression of which are the silver boats, the works of K.A. should be mentioned. Ρωμαίου, Ν.Γ. Politou, George Eckert and P.E. Formozis, Rudolf Kriss and Hubert Kriss-Heinrich, Nikos Papadaki, A. Fasianou - N. Archelaou, Zacharia Stella and Harry Koutelaki. These works, especially important for a field with such a sparse bibliography, do not touch on our subject only regionally, since, apart from some references, they do not turn in this direction. We also find notes and news related to nautical tributes in books of general folklore or historical content, as well as in works of our literature. Nowhere, however, is there a systematic examination of maritime devotional practice, neither in its general dimension nor in relation to the naval tribute. This is exactly what this work aims at. It is based on field and bibliographic research and follows two directions: It investigates both the dedication act, the custom of dedication, and the object, ie the nautical tribute and especially the boat-tama. These are two successive phases of a single process that throughout its course accepts various ethnological, religious and sociological definitions. Respectively, the analysis that is attempted is ethno-religious and sociological.

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