wtf. this is the first time i've ever wanted to actually scream cultural appropriation. your just another white european wanting to cling onto classical culture that isn't even yours to begin with.
No, I am not. Do I need to be?
I think all the ‘greek’ stuff that I post is to do either with Greek music, or Byzantine art. One of those, at least, is a fairly common interest and I don’t think I need to defend it at all.
Greek music, I guess is a little unusual maybe, so here’s the story - my darling boyfriend, Kosta
(omg he’s greek!!?? what is this madness), introduced me to Rebetika, mainly stuff like Strato Payioumdzi and Vamvakari. I liked it. So, I started listening to other music and I found that I preferred Smyrneika and other traditional Anatolian music.
I understand a fair bit of Greek, though I am often too nervous to use it for fear of making mistakes. I learnt it for three reasons - to be able to understand this new music that I liked, to have a “secret” language to speak to Kosta with, and to gain a little bit more acceptance from his grandparents who are still disappointed that I’m not their ideal Orthodox, Greek girl.
I think, also, that my interest in Greek culture and language predates Kosta. In primary school we had a Greek teacher who taught Greek dancing to anyone who wanted to learn - we got to dress up in traditional costumes and dance at the Glendi (the Greek festival held here.). We also would make imitations of ancient greek artwork and display it at the festival too. She was a lovely teacher who was proud of her heritage and wanted to share it with everyone.
Here’s nine year old me wearing a traditional costume from Rhodes:
Perhaps my blog is uninspired/vapid - I don’t really like posting anything meaningful, political or depressing; tumblr has enough blogs like that, and hey, I might just reblog them. What I do post are things I find interesting, beautiful, or, more simply, that I like - so I am not sure why you say I should get some interests of my own?
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