SLIDE SHOW: The Persistence of Memory, in a Greek Sweet

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Aglaia Kremezi


Kollyva is a symbolic memorial sugary pilaf made with wheat-berries, raisins, almonds, walnuts and pomegranate seeds.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in


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Aglaia Kremezi

Papa-Lefteris, performs the memorial, blessing the grains on my cousin's grave.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in


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The first kolllyva I made for the 40-day memorial of my cousin.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in


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Aglaia Kremezi

The priest instructed me to layer the ingredients and cover with confectioner's sugar, as is the custom in Kea.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in


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Aglaia Kremezi

For the 1-year memorial I followed the priest's instructions, covering the grain with powdered sugar.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in


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Offering kollyva to passers-by.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in


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A plate of kollyva on the stone table outside the village cemetery.


Aglaia Kremezi describes kollyva's history, and its accompanying traditions, in