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Places and People
Primarily, Tinos was an island of religious tourism and pilgrimage.
Several factors had an important social-economic impact on the island's development:
first of all, the discovery of an icon and the construction of a marble church
for its shrine. Secondly, the development of a sea route, after World War II.
Rapid increase of religious tourism went hand in hand with a growth of the town's
population. Emigration was limited. Tinians stayed on, if not in their own villages,
then at least on their island. In a period of about 40 years (1940 - 1981), the
population of Tinos decreased by about 32 %. In 1940, about 25 % of its population
was concentrated in the city. Today, about 75 % of the islanders live in the city.
Folklore, part of the cultural inheritance of Tinos, possesses its
own typical features, originating in both orthodox and catholic traditions. A
significant number of parishioners has always remained faithful to the rites of
the western church, for instance the holy communion.
Tinian dialect originally belongs to the northern version of the Greek
language. Its main feature is the omission of vowels and diphthongs, the altering
of consonants (ex."glepoun" instead of "vlepoun"), the omission of unstressed
vowels (ex. "ktlo" instead of "koutoulo"), the changing of -o into -ou etc. Traces
of western influence may also be noticed in the names of people.
Tinians are well-known for their deep religious feelings and special
affection for the Virgin Mary.
The people of Tinos are mainly involved in farming. They grow oats,
barley, corn and clover, as well as a great variety of vegetables. Moreover, their
orchards produce oranges, lemons, tangerines, pears, pomegranates and plums. Olive
- and fig trees abound. Large areas of vineyards yield superior white and red
Silk production flourished till the beginning of the last century.
Stock-breeding for the consumption of beef and pork, along with poultry farming
and sheep raising are the main occupations of farmers on Tinos. Apart from this,
they breed pigeons, are fond of fishing, beekeeping and hunting. They also work
in different small industries.The tourist sector involves more and more people
with every passing year.
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.
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