Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The productive Cycle

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Every season of the year is directly related to a specific phase of the earth’s reproductive cycle which includes planting seeds, farming and harvesting agricultural cultivations, or livestock breeding and grazing. In order to plan and carry out primary production activities as well as protect and successfully tend to the crop or herd, certain customary practices, over time, became essential. Some examples include team work, cooperatives (e.g. το τσελιγκάτο (the tselingato)) and the development of networks based on family relations, whether real or symbolic.

A set of customary devotional practices also evolved in parallel to the reproductive cycle which mainly involved saintly figures. Religious celebrations signaled both the reproductive cycle’s end and beginning. Yearly celebrations would actually and symbolically identify the transitions in the earth’s reproductive cycle. Meanwhile man would seek assistance from nature’s productive and positive forces that were personified, in many cases, through the saintly figures of the Church. A series of symbolic acts and rituals are often attributed to the Saints such as the Patron Saints of the Harvest, vine culture, animal breeding etc.

Aside from calling on the forces of reproduction, customary practices also included the management of resources. The scarcity of natural resources established over time a set of rules which governed for example the distribution of pastures or grassland as well as the management of water which was necessary for growing crops during the summer. The primary aim was to ensure the ecological balance and fair allocation of resources in order to avoid disputes within the community.