• Short Summary

    IT HAS OFTEN BEEN SAID THAT IT IS A WOMEN'S WORLD, BUT AT THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF MONOKKLISSIA, IN NORTH-EASTERN GREECE, THE SAYING BECOMES TRUE FOR ONE DAY EVERY YEAR.

  • Description

    IT HAS OFTEN BEEN SAID THAT IT IS A WOMEN'S WORLD, BUT AT THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF MONOKKLISSIA, IN NORTH-EASTERN GREECE, THE SAYING BECOMES TRUE FOR ONE DAY EVERY YEAR. EVERY JANUARY THE 8TH., THE WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE CELEBRATE "WOMEN'S DAY", A TIME WHEN NO MAN MAY BE SEEN ON THE STREETS FOR 24-HOURS.

    THE RULE OF THE WOMEN FOR ONE DAY IS PROCLAIMED BY LARGE SIGNS WHICH READ "GYNEKOKRATIA" -- AREA RULED BY WOMEN. AND WHILE THE VILLAGE WOMEN MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR ONE DAY OF EMANCIPATION, THE MENFOLK STAY INDOORS LOOKING AFTER CHILDREN, CLEANING, WASHING AND PREPARING FOOD.

    THE PENALTY FOR ANY BREACH OF THE RULES BY A MALE IS A DUNKING IN A TUB OF COLD WATER.

    ACCORDING TO THE OLD MEN OF MONOKKLISSIA, WHICH IS NEAR THE GREEK-BULGARIAN BORDER, THE CUSTOM IS BASED ON THE LEGEND OF THE AMAZONS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, WHO HAD THEIR KINGDOM IN THRACE. IT IS IN THEIR MEMORY THAT THE WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE REPLACE THEIR MEN AS RULERS FOR ONE DAY EACH YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB8OWD3RLQCS0LI2QQDV7NTCQK
    Media URN:
    VLVAB8OWD3RLQCS0LI2QQDV7NTCQK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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