Did you know that Thanos Veloudios, an Air Force officer in the Asia Minor campaign...

P.Tetis. The celebration of Epiphany. P.Tetis. The celebration of Epiphany. Thanos Velloudios, Goblins and Christmas Sprites (The Kalikantzari), G Tsiveriotis, n.d.
...was a fantasy writer, who studied in particularly the modern Greek myths and traditions of Goblins and Christmas Sprites (The Kalikantzari)?
“When I was serving with the Naval Aviation, every time I gave my men leave to visit their homes in different parts of Greece, I asked them to bring me information about whatever spirits or goblins they might hear of in their native villages. Further, in my own travels throughout Greece, I kept notes on everything I could learn about them […] The modern Greeks keep alive their old fables and traditions in a festive and charming fashion […] One of the most charming modern Greek myths is this of Kalkades Kalikantzari or Pagana […] These half-demons, ape- like creatures with large eyes and tails and animal like legs […] All year they are hidden in an immense cavern inside the earth, where they are chopping the truck of the tree which supports the crust of the earth. In Christmas Eve the mankind prepares to celebrate the birth of Christ and the Kalkades Kalilantzari hear all the fuss going on above their heads and rush up to the earth ‘s surface. For twelve nights and days they make their presence felt getting up to all the monkey tricks and mischief imaginable. But on the Epiphany when the waters are blessed they disappear. They are lost in the depths of the waters and in the bowels of the earth, where they are destined to spend the rest of the year.” (Thanos Velloudios, Goblins and Christmas Sprites (The Kalikantzari). G Tsiveriotis, n.d.)
 
Thanos Veloudios (1895-1992) was born in Athens and studied mechanical engineering in Switzerland. He was an aviator, a Navy officer, an artist, an actor and a writer. He developed a wide and complex work expressed in many fields: folklore, costume desing, photography and cinema, visual arts, musical composition. Despite the fact that he was associated with emblematic names of modern Greek culture (Andreas Empirikos, Maria Bonaparti, Nanos Valaoritis, Giorgos Panousopoulos, Yiannis Tsarouchis, Manos Hatzidakis) today he remains unknown.
 
 
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