The Revitalization Of Local Culture Through Community Learning
On the Greek island of Rhodes, as in other parts of Greece, the practice of community singing performs a number of specific social functions. In the village of Asklipiion, some of these songs remain as important parts of community life. There are various types of songs, including epic tales, memorised and transmitted from generation to generation and improvised singing based on rhymed couplets set to specific music depending upon the event, as well as the religious chanting that takes place in the community’s thirteenth century church. This paper focuses on how the skills of epic and improvised singing represent a learning process that is a means of maintaining cultural continuity, local community and individual identity. The process of revitalization and maintenance of local culture is described through activities that have take place as a part of community learning.
Keywords: Local culture, Revitalization of Local Culture, Maintenance of Local Culture, Community singing, Community learning
Dr. Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis
Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean
New Business Manager, School International and Community Studies, RMIT University