A new OLD video first published yesterday.
Published on 1 Aug 2019
Cephalonia, more than the other Ionian islands, was strongly influenced by the Venice era, not only in its architecture and infrastructure, but also in its customs, culture, language and politics. Cephalonia was quite aristocratic, with a deep divide between the big landowners and the average farmer. There was an opera house and large parties on large grounds, with waltzes and tango dances alongside popular Greek dances. All this changed with the earthquake that is flattening the island, both literally and figuratively, as the earthquakes did not save either the rich or the poor.
After the earthquake, many decided to leave for safer, more prosperous lands such as America, Australia and South Africa, and many others were rebuilt using government loans and grants, leaving a more balanced society to emerge.
In another sequence, we see the Saint Gerasimos Festival. Gerasimus (1506-1579) was from the family of Notar aristocrats and after becoming a monk on Mount Athos he spent 12 years in Jerusalem before returning to Cephalonia. After his death and exhumation twice, his body was not decayed and kept and is still in the Monastery. During the Festival of St. Gerasimus, where his body is transported, those seeking a healing line the road and the Saint pass over them. This action is said to be beneficial.