Contemporary Greek culture and traditions are very rich and diverse, reflecting Greece’s location at the crossing point where the West meets the East and the country’s great and turbulent history.
The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years - dating from the Paleolithic era and the birth of the great Minoan, (2600-1500 BC), Mycenaean (1500-1150 BC) and Cycladic civilizations through the Classical Period (6th - 4th centuries BC) - the Golden Age, reaching great levels of prosperity that resulted in an unprecedented cultural boom, expressed in architecture, drama, science and philosophy, and nurtured in Athens under a democratic environment, through the sequence of invasions and domination: by the Macedonians, the Romans, the Byzantine Empire and the 400 years of Ottoman rule.
According to Live Science, archaeologists are well aware of the tales of the supernatural powers of the island but it’s not known for sure when these stories began.
Archaeological fieldwork done on the island in 2014 has shed light on what might have taken place thousands of years ago on Blå Jungfrun and how it got its dark reputation.
This list explores many Viking marriage rituals, ranging from weird to romantic.
For Vikings, marriage wasn't just a union of the couple, but of families. Unions had long-lasting legal implications in Norse culture, affecting everything from familiar property holdings to inheritance.
It successfully hosted the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
In local folklore, Bla Jungfrun Island has long been associated with dark curses and witchcraft.
Off the coast of Sweden, the island has a history of bad luck and a reputation for magic, and even now visitors to the island must not stray off the paths, or stay after nightfall.
This rich and tumultuous past greatly influences contemporary lifestyle, the Greek perspective on the world, Greek music, food, customs and traditions, even the way Greeks do business.
Greeks as a whole are extremely proud of their history, their cultural heritage and their contribution to literature, art, philosophy and politics.