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The poet does not write about life after death al­though this seems to be against the Christian reli­gion.

The Ithacan lamentation is a song about life, not about death. The lyrics depict Charon as having no feelings, comprehension or mercy. He is always wicked, inhuman, crafty and he is often called a pi­rate. These lamentations never refer to burning in hell or the gates of heaven.

“ Charon is unjust and a secret pirate,

stalking through the night, plundering at dawn,

where he passes, the next day friends and family cry.

Look, he comes into sight, riding through the valley,

dragging young men by their locks, young girls by their plaits and grabbing children up onto his horse’s saddle. ”


“ The earth must be content, she must be full of pride,

she should be wearing her very best,

for swallowing the young men and their guns,

 and beautiful young girls like jewels."


“ Converse with Charon that 1 would, be he a human being,

I'd bow down and prostrate at his feet, for him to judge orphans and their mothers,

if he could with compassion. ”


“ Today the black ground opens up and the underworld with it,

mothers run with joy and sisters with smiles on their lips,

 where the doctor, the good doctor is going to the underworld

to cure the sick and heal the wounded

It’s a misfortune, unfair and an offense against God,

that such a physique, such intelligence is to disappear into the ground to be eaten.

He should have a coffin of gold and crystal/ to be laid down at the crossroads

to heal the sick and wounded

Don’t take those precious golden hands

to let the poor be glad his widow to take pride in

 and his orphans to be supported by. ”

  • Reference:

    DSC 0193-Ιθάκη  Τότε και Τώρα- Εκδσεις Σπύρος Δενδρινός, Σπύρος Χ. Δενδρινός - Αλέκος Φ. Καλλίνικος

    -Ιστορικά και Λαογραφικά Ανάλεκτα της Ιθάκης - Ανδρέα Λ. Αναγνωστάτου 

    -Θιάκά Μοιρολόγια (Ημερολόγιο Ιθάκης, 1929)

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