Thrace: Carnival Folklore 1905-1906
Assessment and Analysis: Thematic survey
In 1906 R.M. Dawkins, Director of the British School at Athens, visited Viza, a Greek village in Eastern Thrace as part of his folklore study of Carnival rituals in Northern Greece which he began on the island of Skyros the year before. He recorded and photographed the elaborate week-long carnival drama, listing the principal characters and the story enacted. These festivals, Dawkins concluded, were survivals of the worship of Dionysus, as festivals of vegetation and resurgent spring. Dawkins also recorded in photographs places and people of Viza. Similar studies were conducted by Alan Wace in the Pelion while conducting fieldwork in Thessaly.
Active from 1905 to 1906.
Dawkins, Mr Richard McGillivray