Cretan mantinada about nostalgia
Source: By Eftychios Makrymanolakis. Montreal.
And now, I think, I am not speaking Cretan, am I?
A humorous story of an immigrant from Crete, who tries to eliminate his accent
in order not to be stigmatized with some stereotypical features of Cretans,
like for instance, violence.
RES.: Do you speak Greek, the Cretan dialect?
AN.: Not much. I left from Crete when I was very
young. I was thirteen years old and when I was going to school, the children
teased me continuously. "Cretan!". By the way, I am from the province of
Sfakia, where, according to popular belief, the inhabitants were called
rippers. So, the other children used to tease me and I tried to eliminate the
AN.: Well…not too much, as they say now, what is that
called? Bullying? Not just like that, but ... if I was throwing around a
Cretan word, I was teased and tried to discard it. And now, I think, I do not
speak Cretan, do I?