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I remember my family spitting to ward off the evil eye (or something like that). I can't remember all the rules. I am trying to pass down some of the stories to the next generation but I am fuzzy on the details. I recall when my cousin was born, everyone was spitting on him? It seemed a little odd but I was just a kid and recall participating (and it was fun haha).

People were also saying something while spitting. What was it?
 
I'm fuzzy on the details also. Maybe Google it? I agree this would seem to be the best source, but Google probably has something. Good luck. If you find something interesting, let us know.
 
Some stories are unsanitary and best forgotten, this coming from a genealogist. ;) 😁
 
Hesiod wrote a genealogy of the Gods -- the Theogony; the Israelites, of themselves. what is your specialty? And how does that make you a sage on what is or is not healthy? // welcome
 
Hesiod wrote a genealogy of the Gods -- the Theogony; the Israelites, of themselves. what is your specialty? And how does that make you a sage on what is or is not healthy? // welcome
I'm not new here, just a new profile for genealogical cultural and historical questions. Hesiod wrote great poetry. Almonds are cousins of plums. Sage goes well with pork. What's the hostility for? No one is here to make false accusations about people. We are here to help people and chat. I didn't know that an innocent joke would trigger someone like that so much. Genealogists are not therapists, call a friend and talk to them about your anger issues.
 
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SAGE is a noun, which you are unnecessarily using; I used the adjective in order to avoid AUTHORITY, which could be taken offensively. i was curious, but in vain. // welcome, said i ///
sanitary? i prefer HEALTHY or salutary////
 
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I remember my family spitting to ward off the evil eye (or something like that). I can't remember all the rules. I am trying to pass down some of the stories to the next generation but I am fuzzy on the details. I recall when my cousin was born, everyone was spitting on him? It seemed a little odd but I was just a kid and recall participating (and it was fun haha).

People were also saying something while spitting. What was it?
My yiayia used to do this with babies! She said it was for protection - I have never had the guts to do it.
 
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I remember my family spitting to ward off the evil eye (or something like that). I can't remember all the rules. I am trying to pass down some of the stories to the next generation but I am fuzzy on the details. I recall when my cousin was born, everyone was spitting on him? It seemed a little odd but I was just a kid and recall participating (and it was fun haha).

People were also saying something while spitting. What was it?
I think what's said is, ftou, ftou, ftou, at least that's what it sounded like to me.
 
I remember my family spitting to ward off the evil eye (or something like that). I can't remember all the rules. I am trying to pass down some of the stories to the next generation but I am fuzzy on the details. I recall when my cousin was born, everyone was spitting on him? It seemed a little odd but I was just a kid and recall participating (and it was fun haha).

People were also saying something while spitting. What was it?
 
The sound is equivalent to “too sue!”
 
I remember my family spitting to ward off the evil eye (or something like that). I can't remember all the rules. I am trying to pass down some of the stories to the next generation but I am fuzzy on the details. I recall when my cousin was born, everyone was spitting on him? It seemed a little odd but I was just a kid and recall participating (and it was fun haha).

People were also saying something while spitting. What was it?
I remember my family spitting to ward off the evil eye (or something like that). I can't remember all the rules. I am trying to pass down some of the stories to the next generation but I am fuzzy on the details. I recall when my cousin was born, everyone was spitting on him? It seemed a little odd but I was just a kid and recall participating (and it was fun haha).

People were also saying something while spitting. What was it?
 
Yes !
To ward off the evil eye
 

Thinking about the Greek way of hospitality...

I thought I would ask your thoughts oh Philoxenia - or the Greek way, or art, of hospitality. I noticed this when I travel in Greece. People are so kind, they often go out of the way for us, when I feel that they don't have to! How can one describe this to someone?

From what I understand, Philoxenia is not merely a practice but a deeply ingrained value within Greek culture that extends far beyond the simple act of hosting. It reflects a genuine, heartfelt welcome to strangers, treating them with the same respect and generosity one would show to a dearly beloved friend. This beautiful tradition, passed down through generations, turns the act of hosting into an art form, embodying warmth, respect, and a profound sense of human compassion. There have been so many stories I can think of...

This thought process was triggered because we were watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 - someone in the village had taken on a Syrian refugee. Is this a Greek hospitality thing? Philoxenia?

Greek Naming Traditions?

I have noticed that in Greece, there are some traditions associated with naming their children. Although some Greek families in the United States have done this, many have seemed to lose the traditions.

Does anyone know what some of these traditions are? I am helping a friend name his upcoming child... Here's some of what I have learned:

1. Firstborn daughter names after maternal grandmother
2. Firstborn son named after paternal grandfather
3. Firstborn son named after father

Those are the ones I have figured out. I don't know what is traditional from Greece and what has just been made up amongst Greeks in the US.

The Naming Customs of Greece, From Ancient Times to Today -

How to find traditional Greek markets?

I'm planning a trip to Greece and am really excited about experiencing the local culture, especially the traditional markets. I've heard so much about the vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and unique souvenirs, and I definitely don't want to miss out.

For those of you who have been to Greece or are familiar with the country, do you have any tips or recommendations on how to find the best traditional Greek markets? Are there specific cities or regions where these markets are more common?

Additionally, any advice on what to look out for or must-try items would be greatly appreciated!

Getting a Greek costume made?

I'm looking to have a traditional Greek costume made, and I want to ensure that it is as authentic and high-quality as possible.

It's for festival season but I don't know if I am in over my head. This could be anything from the iconic fustanella worn by men to the beautifully embroidered dresses seen in various regions across Greece. I’m open to suggestions on materials, designs, and specific regional styles that would make for a remarkable and authentic piece.

Could anyone here recommend a tailor or a shop—either within Greece or internationally—that specializes in creating traditional Greek clothing? It’s essential that they pay great attention to detail and use high-quality materials to capture the spirit and beauty of Greek traditional attire.

Additionally, if you have any advice on what specifics I should communicate to the tailor to ensure authenticity, or if you know of any resources where I could find patterns or detailed descriptions of traditional costumes, I would greatly appreciate it.
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