Πέμπτη, 19 Μαΐου 2016

Pontius doll

This is a male doll wearing the 
traditional outfit of Pontos.
Pontos was a place in Asia Minor,
where Greeks used to live.
The doll has a skeleton made of wire.
The limbs and the head are made of clay.
The torso is filled with pillow filling.
The outfit is mostly made of felt fabric.
He is painted with acrylics.
About 353,000 Greeks from Asia Minor exterminated the period 1916-1923. Turkish genocide of Pontian, looting, the burning of villages, hangings and deportations that followed, succeeded in altering the ethnological character of Greek regions. More than 400,000 displaced people arrived in caravan in metropolitan Greece leaving behind a culture aged three millennia and ancestral lands, churches, tombs and schools. They began a struggle for survival while trying to maintain the Pontic culture, music, language, traditions and customs. For decades the Pontian fight to restore the memory of the victims, the recognition of the genocide by Turkey. The Greek Parliament recognized the genocide in 1994 and passed the declaration of May 19 as "Day of Remembrance for the Genocide of Greeks in Pontus Asia Minor."

 

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