We are Few

We are Few : Folklore and Ethnic Identity of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Greece

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The Jewish community of Ioannina, in Northwestern Greece, traces its roots to Byzantine times if not earlier. In the early 20th century, at least half of the community's population emigrated to settle in Athens, Israel, and the United States because of economic and religious reasons. The cataclysm of the Holocaust dramatically decimated the community. This steady outward movement created an abrupt rupture of their patterns of traditional culture. We are Few brings this unique community to life in a series of ethnographic sketches of history and traditional culture in order to understand its intense allegiance to ethnic identity. Dr. Annette Fromm explores the decreasing inventory of cultural traditions from the patterns of daily life to the rituals and customs associated with life cycle events and holiday celebrations. Through the periodic return of individuals associated with the Jews of Ioannina, pilgrims, a new avenue of the expression of ethnic identity has been created. These visits reassure residents that the Jewish community of Ioannina still exists no matter how dispersed. This study is useful for graduate level students and researchers of Anthropology and Jewish Studies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120611
  • 9780739120613

About Annette B. Fromm

Dr. Annette B. Fromm is an independent scholar. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University.show more

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We Are Few...succeeds in documenting the folklore and identity practices of a small Jewish community, and it shows Fromm's skill as an ethnographer, folklorist, and archival researcher. Journal of Folklore Research, November 2008show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Jewish Community of Ioannina: Patterns Written in History Chapter 2 Community Today, Patterns of Daily Life Chapter 3 Patterns and Celebrations of Life Chapter 4 The Annual Cycle: Holiday Patterns Chapter 5 The Pilgrimage: New Patterns Chapter 6 In Closingshow more

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