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The inhabitants (6)

First inhabitants

Pelasgians

Their leader was Xathus, king of Troizen.


The place was gradually colonized by:

Aeolians

In the 14th c. B.C. Their leader was Macaras, whose daughters gave their names to important cities of the island and also his son-in-law, Lesvus, gave his name to the island.


Achaeans

During the Troyan War. By that time Achilles conquered the island and took with him Diomede, daughter of Phorbas, king of the island.


Customs

Local Customs

In Lesvos, the customs and the traditions are undoubtedly connected with religion. In all religious celebrations, old customs revive: traditional dishes and sweets are prepared, carols and other songs fill the streets and other traditional festivities are organised. In fact all significant events in people’s lives such as birth, wedding and baptism are linked to one or another custom. In the recent years local cultural societies offer a lot to the effort to record and revive old customs since they are an indistinguishable part of the Lesvian identity.

This text is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture of Lesvos URL below, which contains images.


Local music and dances

Lesvian music, songs and dance were influenced by the Greek inhabitants of the Asia Minor. Folk music groups accompanied by dancers dressed in traditional costumes - even today - give a unique tint of joy and authenticity to all Lesvian celebrations: at festivities and local fetes, at weddings, and national holidays. It’s worth-noticing that even today the traditional musical instrument “santouri” (a type of dulcimer), present in every local musical composition, is still made in Lesvos. Typical traditional dances are the “Lesvian”, the “Mytilenean” and the ”Ballos“ and they all display the spirited makeup of the Lesvian soul and its love for free expression

This text is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture of Lesvos URL below, which contains images.


The Local Costume

The visitor of Lesvos can see typical samples of the local costume at many Folk Art Collections on the island. A characteristic element of the Lesvian costume - both male and female - is the "vraka" (large breeches). The male costume is completed by a white or black shirt, a black vest, black cap - "katsoula"- and black shoes. The female one, in which the colourful "vraka" could be replaced by a long silk skirt, is completed by a shirt and vest, while on the head the colorful "tsemberi" (Kerchief) is worn. In festive days dresses embroidered in golden thread or hand woven silks were used. Heavy fur coats (patatoukes) and woolen jackets were typically worn in winter

This text is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture of Lesvos URL below, which contains images.


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