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The Cretan dances

Since the ancient years, dancing in Crete has served activities with religious - ceremonial characteristics, as it has always been under the magical mechanism of religion, As centuries went by, its religious character waned and transformed, being influenced by the long-term historical consequences of the island. Crete, due to its geographical position, located at the crossroads of three continents, was influenced by various civilizations. However, the foreign elements of each era were assimilated in a unique way, on the basis of the popular instinct. This is what happened to the dances as well, which in hard times were a means of educating the nation and maintaining strong the national memory and awareness. Nevertheless, the Cretan dances kept some special characteristics, being attached to their roots and their allegorical character, even though their expression over the last years was largely limited to entertainment purposes.