February 8, 2023

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100-year-old Crete dies after reciting mantinades on Tik-Tok

On the first day of the new year 2023, Michalis Mavriyannakis passed away. He was well known for reciting works of folk art – mantinadas – on the social network.

“Our dear man, you left with a warm smile,” this is how his family, as well as the inhabitants of the village of Vlitia in Paleochora, will forever remember, a relative of the deceased told zarpanews.gr in an interview with local media.

Michalis Mavriyannakis passed away at the age of 100, having lived a difficult life and earned military awards. The Cretan participated in the Second World War and also in the Civil War. This is a man who respected the customs and traditions of the fatherland. He had six brothers and sisters. The courageous man died single, without having a family and children. However, next to him were his nieces, whom he loved very much, and who made him happy. Michalis always told them mantinades, which they recorded on video and shared on the popular social network TikTok.

According to the information, the grandfather fell in the yard of his house the day before and was injured. The patient was taken to the hospital of Chania and after some time died (doctors say “of old age”), of pathological causes.

Reference. The mantinade or patina or kotsaki is a two-part poem that usually consists of fifteen syllables in rhyme or four half-verses that do not necessarily rhyme. It is considered to be folk art. Manitadas are common in several parts of Greece, but are generally defined as a category of insular Greek song in Crete. In particular, the Cretan mantinade is distinguished by its peculiar expression, refined phrases and reflects the feelings, thinking and life of the Cretan people. Mantinade writers “draw inspiration” from a variety of fields, and, accordingly, the poems can be divided into satirical, love, opportunistic and philosophical. The mantinade has been accompanying the Cretans for centuries in all their moments and events, to the extent that those who are not from Crete consider it exclusively Cretan poetic creation.

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