The fascinating Carnival customs of Skopelos are among the most ancient in Greece, and yet they are little known outside this island. What are the origins of these curious ceremonies and what do they mean to the islanders who practice them?
"This beautifully illustrated book is a spellbinding fusion of scholarly research and imagery. Isabel Dempsey vividly captures the color and vitality of Carnival in Skopelos, while uncovering the ancient origins and symbolic meaning of this springtime ritual. While documenting the current tradition, she has painstakingly researched its historic past to reveal, for the first time, the secrets of this fascinating folk custom. An enthralling book that illuminates and preserves an important facet of Greek folk culture, Breath of Madness is a significant addition to the published work on the history and folklore of this island."
Discover the Secrets of Carnival in Skopelos! A new, beautifully illustrated book with over 160 photographs all about of the Carnival customs of Skopelos. Published by the Municipality of Skopelos, written by Isabel Dempsey. Available at the Folklore Museum of Skopelos and the Vakratsa Mansion Museum.