Kitte asked me an interesting question about a Greek rhyme she heard at the Acropolis that helped to end a fight between two men. Here’s what she wrote about it…
I have a question that is about something I experienced in Athens in the mid 90’s and have wondered about ever since. I was a tourist visiting the Acropolis at the time. This was outside the ticket booths. I don’t speak Greek, so I have no idea the actual words of anything that took place, I only went by the body language. Two men, between maybe 50-60 years old were having a very loud disagreement, it was getting extremely heated and looked like it could have come to blows. They were both shouting louder and louder.
In about 10 seconds, a crowd of maybe 20-30 people surrounded the two men and started singing to them. It sounded like a nursery rhyme to me, rhyming verses with repeated words. But the most striking thing was the expressions everyone wore on their faces as they sang loudly in unison. They had smiles! Smiles like the kind you have when you sing a nursery rhyme to a child. It TOTALLY diffused the situation. It was like the crowd reminded the two men that they were behaving like little children, but in a loving way.
I had never seen anything like it and have never seen anything like it since. I would LOVE to know the words to the song they were singing, I have wondered ever since. It was an EXTREMELY effective way to totally diffuse the situation.
Do you know about this custom? Can you tell me more? The song, the tradition, anything you know would be awesome!
Can anyone help us find this rhyme or let us know if this is some type of tradition in Greece?
Thanks in advance!
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