Easter day of Godspels and Paschal feast of poets
Easter day of Godspels and Paschal feast of poets. Spring month of blossomtime and brightness, season of resurrection and rebirth – occurrences more striking than birth itself in these sunlit Mediterranean lands where people maintain a precarious balance between the joys of life and awareness of the omnipotence of Charon.
The symbolism of the sublime drama, Christ’s Passion, is rooted in the archetypal scheme of a contradiction; the god dies while the earth is re-born, he is buried amid a riotous display of Nature in bloom, and interred beneath a mound of flowers. It is a fertilizing death. In acts of magic his ever-doubtful votaries attempt to influence the inscrutable will of spirits of the underworld and intrude their own overt and covert desires upon them. Annual regrowth, an outbreak of universal vitality, it is recurring event, each spring renewing a promise of eternity.
Besides attending church ceremonies, ingeniously harmonized with very ancient popular beliefs, modern Greeks devote themselves to their own solemnities that celebrate Nature in its springtime manifestations. They eat and drink together, they revive the songs that befit the slow pace of their sacred dances, and recall those who are absent, so restoring the wholeness of their community. The older ones remember, the younger are initiated, the women officiate. And then, through their Nature-worshipping festivities, they pay homage both to the divine and to their own dead, trample death underfoot, glorify life, transcend finality, accepting their part in a never-ending process of repetition and restoration.