Folklore - Ancient crafts


Raki production or kazánisma


Introduction The social surroundings The production


Rakí or tsikoudiá, as it is also called in Cretan, has always been not only a pleasant but also a necessary and handy ingredient in everyday life. Most people probably know the inspiring effect, but in addition to that raki was used as a healing medicine for external use at common-cold symptoms - especially protoráki which is the first liter of a distillation, and which is considerably stronger than the rest. It is also still a splendid disinfectant for the cleaning of wounds. It has moreover been used as a binding material fixing the gold leaf to the icons, because raki evaporates easily and leaves only the sticky sweet stuff behind.




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