Facts about Greek culture

   “One thing I know, that I know nothing. This is the source of my wisdom.” One of the most famous quotations from Socrates, a Greek philosopher. Greece is included in the places where great historical events happened. There is such a wide history in Greeks, from places, people, food, celebration and many more. Here are some of the cultural facts about Greeks.

   Greeks are known for having such a strong religious belief. The ancient Greeks believed on the twelve major gods and goddesses (Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, Athena, Ares, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Hermes, and either Hestia or Dionysus). They also considered animals sacrifice as one of their religious practices. But aside from being religious, they are also superstitious. There is a variety of superstitions and traditions from different villages and regions. Here are some of the superstitious beliefs that are originated and are still being adopted by people from here. They believe on evil eye and it can strike at any given moment. They also considered bread as a gift from God; they considered it as very holy provided that the older village women used to make the sign of the cross before slicing a fresh loaf of bread. Religious saints are thought to be the most favorite inspiration in selecting names of Greek babies. People who usually derived their names from religious saints more likely to celebrate the “Name Day” instead of celebrating their own birthdays. Greeks believe that couples should first celebrate engagement before wedding. Engagements in most countries are not being taken by a wide celebration.

   But Greeks used to celebrate engagement as wide and as huge as their wedding. Each country has their own history and mark that continue to revolve in their lives. Greeks celebrate the Ohi Day every 28th of October in which commemorates how the dictator of Greeks at that moment namely Metaxas, declined entry into Greece by the Italians in World War II. In most countries and culture, they find Friday the 13th to cause bad luck or death, but here in Greece they have a different day to describe misfortune, and they termed it as Tuesday the 13th. Literature has been a great part of our history and lives.

   Some of the literary forms such as epic and lyric poetry, comedy, tragedy and history were introduced by the Greeks. And these literary forms are also being introduced in most countries to study Literature. Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body. It is believed by the Greeks that dance is a religious practice that was invented by Gods. Sculpture is also being introduced by Greeks, and it is done on marble and stones when crafting monuments. When you’re feeling nostalgic, Greece is the perfect place for you to visit. Many theaters and temples are situated in Greece; theater itself is originated and manned by the Greeks. Great and famous philosophers where also born in Greece includes Democritus, Protagoras, Heraclitus, Pythagoras and Thales, Socrates and Plato. No one should fail to recognize these individuals. They’ve just created and formed a colossal tag in history, a great place where great people came.  

   Each place has their own history and mark. This history made a great part for what they had become. Without history, people will always wonder everything, they will not be able to recognize their ancestors, the beauty of the world before, the enormous events and happenings from the past, the heroes and their dauntless exploit, and all the things that are worth to be remembered. 

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