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Published on Mar 10, 2008
Arvanite/Albanian music by Alekos Dimou.
Arvanites (Arberesh of Arberor) are an indigenous people of Greece who speak Arvanitika (Arbereshe in native language), which is a Albanian dialect identical to that of Southern Albania.
The Arbanites (aka Arnauds, Arbanassi, Arbereshe, Albanci, Albanski, Albanians, Illyrians, Epirotes) were the smartest, toughest, and most cunning but also brutal soldiers that the history of the Balkans has ever seen.
As a matter of fact, the Arvanites were the people that delivered out of Greece the Ottoman Empire and gave Greece its independence.
Statistics on the number of Arvanites residing today in Greece are very unreliable due to the fact that the Greek government stubbornly denies the existence of any ethnic minority. However, several Arvanite communities based throughout Greece, have come up with an estimate of at least 1/3 of the population (3 Million).
This does not please the Greek Orthodox Church as it threatens its power and the equilibrium of the Greek state. As a result, the Greek Orthodox Church has been able to involve them (exclusively Arvanites) in a sort of politic where Orthodoxy, State, and Family are the best way of life. While state and family are no threat, what these people are being fed in Masses (beside the short reading of the word of God) remains very questionable.