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THESSALONIKI, GREECE – FEBRUARY 08:Parade koudounoforon from different regions of Northern Greece in Thessaloniki on February 08, 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The event was part of the action for the customs of kodonoforias the European area of the Folklore and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia – Thrace: Chariots of Bell.The parade started from the White Tower and came to Aristotle’s Square.The koudonofori, the bell wearers, also called Arapides, the Black Ones or Moors. Wrapped in goatskins, skin smeared with burnt cork as a sign of fire, they will dance at crossroads and in the Aristotelous squer ,in a ritual of blessing and catharsis which has roots in age-old worship of Dionysus, god of fertility and wine.(Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)

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