- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Attica Press; 1st edition (November 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096380510X
- ISBN-13: 978-0963805102
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America 1st Edition
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There are many things about Greek traditions that I never really fully understood and this book patiently takes each area of Greek tradition and culture and breaks it down in language I can understand.
Now that I'm older and can appreciate tradition, I went on a search to find out more. I was very lucky to find this book, because it answered ALL my questions - and then some.
I'm purchasing three additional copies for my nieces (who are also my goddaughters).
What I've been very pleased with was the short time it took for the book to be delivered to New Zealand; estimated to arrive in approx. three months (standard post), I got it actually after three weeks. Many thanks, great service.
It has really helped me understand my husband's family and everything they do but cannot tell me 'WHY?' they do it.
My willingness to understand and participate in Greek customs has won me a lot of goodwill from my husbands family( there are a lot of them - I have counted up to 4th cousins in our local area alone) It also has given me the ability to teach Greek traditions to my 2 sons so that they can share in their father's culture.
I have given 3 copies in the past year to bride and grooms who were the 'stranger/outsider' (Xeni/Xenos in tag line) in an American/Greek couple. I did not give it to them to indoctrinate or convert them but so that they could better understand their spouse's Greek side. Even simple things like why do they eat Kourabiedes at weddings? What do the koufetta mean. What is the matia(eye)? How do you get rid of the bad matia when someone gives it to you? They might seem like trivial things but these are just some of the things that are all woven into the Greek persona.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book.. lots of insight to why certain traditions are the way they are.. love this book and would definitely recommend.Published 4 months ago by Alexa
This book was given as a gift and the recipient loved it. It is a very informative narrative to Greek customs practiced in the US for non-Greek converts to the Orthodox faith.Published 7 months ago by Mitch
Excellent guide to Greek traditions and customs IN AMERICA. I bought a separate book that details these traditions and customs in Greece as well. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B Woon
Wonderful book! Gave it as a gift to my daughter and she loves it. Explains a lot of traditions and where they came from.Published 17 months ago by Patricia Manos
Disregard previous one star. Problem solved immediately. Will order again from this source. Book contains the information needed.Published 19 months ago by Three Hierarchs Bookstore
Great book....would recommend for anyone wanting to learn about Greek life. Very well written and interesting to read. Great reference book.Published 20 months ago by MOM F