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Children Of The Bird Goddess: A Macedonian Autobiography

Children of the Bird Goddess: A Macedonian Autobiography of Kita Sapurma is an oral history that spans over 100 years and explores the lives of four generations of Macedonian women from Aegean Macedonia (northern Greece).

Commencing in the 19th Century when Macedonia was under the Ottoman Empire, the family’s story is interwoven with the upheavals of the Balkan Wars, the Greek takeover and colonization of half of Macedonia, the two World Wars, and the Macedonian struggle for independence during the Greek Civil War.

Amid this historical turbulence, the book is a detailed portrayal of Macedonian village life and culture as practised over the centuries. It offers a personal account of Macedonian women’s culture, giving a women’s perspective on the Macedonian lifestyle, its spirituality of the land, and many of the most important Macedonian customs and rituals which have been passed from mother to daughter down the generations.

The story is also a moving account of political and cultural oppression and the tragic effects on the family’s lives and fortunes. This legacy becomes not only an integral part of Australia’s history but also of all those thousands who emigrated from this region, as the family, eventually flees Greece. They must manage the joys and difficulties of setting up anew in Australia.

One of the first autobiographies in English of a woman from Aegean Macedonia, Children Of The Bird Goddess will intrigue and enlighten. Its telling is about healing, and breaking the silence and invisibility of Macedonian women.

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  1. Victor Bivell says

    An accurate and moving book Contrary to the view of a reader supposedly from Macedonia, there are no factual errors in Children of the Bird Goddess, although I am sure there are some people from “Greek” Macedonia who would like to believe so. I challenge this person to say what those supposed errors are, rather than just make unsubstantiated allegations.Children of the Bird Goddess is an accurate and very moving autobiography full of personal and historical details that reveal what life was like during the period of Turkish domination and the even more brutal Greek occupation and colonization of Aegean Macedonia, now known as northern Greece. It gives a Macedonian womens’ perspective on life, family, politics and war under dehumanizing Greek rule.

  2. Jean Oracheff says

    Children of the Bird Goddess If you are looking for a detailed description and an explanation of Macedonian village life and culture from the perspective of a woman who lived each experience, this is the book for you. Kita weaves, as only a mother can, the story of her family as they strive to overcome wars, persecution, and prejudice, as well as cultural superstitions and mountain village ways. This book uncoverd the background and meaning to many aspects of Macedonian family life which I have observed and wondered about. I found my head nodding as I read while lightbulbs turned on in my mind. A detailed map of the village region would have been helpful since most villages are too small to be placed on a modern map. This book is a must to someone needing insight into Macedonian culture and politics from the homefront viewpoint.

  3. Anonymous says

    A Macedonian Biography I suggest reading first other biographies about the Macedonian Era,the customs and the way of living these ancestors had.I found many false statements throughout the book that probably as it seems they are being created ,maybe without purpose or because of the luck in knowledge , by the effect and the style the writers have in their societies and ideals.

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