Liminality, Metaphor and Place in the Farming Landscape of Tinos: The Village of Kampos

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Maria Vidali,
College Year Athens, Greece

DOI: 10.47298/comela22.1-6
The GLOCAL Proceedings:  The GLOCAL Conference in the Mediterranean and Europe 2022

Abstract

This research explores the farming landscape and village life in Kampos, a village on the Greek island of Tinos. Tinos is an Aegean island with a long history of agriculture. In Kampos, one of the oldest farming villages of Tinos, boundaries created by low stone walls and alleyways primarily define the farming landscape that permeates village life and its structure. The landscape appears semi-artificial, given the construction of countless rows of cultivation ridges and terraces. Boundaries on the island appear through texts, space, movement and habit, thus creating. a series of liminal spaces. They represent areas – or rather situations – allowing for multiple co-existing levels of interaction, which are both ambiguous and can be transformed through negotiation. Negotiation would not be possible without language and narrative: Language arises through communal metaphors, stories, and fictional beliefs that bind and connect a small community together in a farming landscape, a community that has retained a quality of life closely connected to nature, architecture, and private and public realms, all by exhibiting features that can be found in a contemporary way of living.

Objectified and non-objectifiable boundaries – in relation to the villagers’ land, water, private and public spaces –, their absence, their negotiation, the life that flourishes in-between them, and their relationship to men and women, ownership, and bonding, are important aspects examined in research. The presence, the lack of, and the negotiation of these boundaries, all unfold through fictional stories, narratives and interviews of villagers from Kampos. Through these narratives, I argue that when boundaries are obscure or create an in-between space of negotiation and communication, when they become a liminal space, then a different situation of ownership and bonding arises. Here, the villagers claim their properties’ boundaries, and negotiate these and sometimes fall into conflicts.

Conducting this research, I determined that stories created from the villager’s life, space, and landscape consist of a series of metaphors that define ‘dwelling’ in this part of the world, in this specific landscape, which has a contemporary way of living, but still connected with tradition and the past as an action mimetic of the present.


Keywords: Tinos, boundaries, linguistic anthropology, architecture, Kampos village


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