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Music and worship in Thrace

A profound philosophy of life keeps tradition alive in Evros prefecture and in Thrace more generally, despite widespread urbanisation.

Time, the cycle of life, the land, vegetation, seed, rain, harvest, fruit. The unending cycle of creation, the human and the divine, a primordial tissue which is given more tangible form by customary practices, symbols, and messages from another world order, another life, which has the power to reveal the signs of an inward and social evolution. It is through ritual that human beings find once again the place and the time from which they set forth as individuals and as social beings. They find their history again, and their symbolic thinking, and ultimately stand before the mystery of life as a mystery themselves.