Babo’s Day. A Neo-Hellenistic Ritual of Gender Inversion. Comparisons, Convergences, Filiations

A neo-Hellenistic ritual of gender inversion. Comparisons, convergences, filiations
By Margarita Xanthakou


This article discusses the possible meanings of the Babo’s Day, a ritual of gender inversion observed thirty years ago in North-Eastern Greece which has become nowadays a “patrimonial carnival”. The author examines the relations between the traditional phases of the celebration, and some Balkan rituals as well as certain ceremonials in Hellenistic Antiquity. More generally, the paper examines the possibility of alternative explanations.


  • Gender
  • Rituals
  • Modern Greece
  • Hellenic Antiquity
  • Alternative explanations
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