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Das große Katzenelend

Das Dorf Kazaviti auf der Insel Thassos im Norden der Ägäis wird im Herbst fast gänzlich verlassen. Einheimische und Sommergäste lassen dann mehr oder weniger bedenkenlos all die vielen Katzen ohne Versorgung zurück (photo # 17). Es beginnt ein unerträgliches, doch kaum beachtetes Martyrium, Die Tiere hungern nicht nur, es breiten sich auch Krankheiten aus; Jahr für Jahr geht die Katzengrippe um - sie bedeutet für jüngere Tiere häufig den Tod ( photo # 26). Und Jahr für Jahr, seit das Dorf wieder aus seinem Dornröschenschlaf erwacht ist und im Sommer wieder bewohnt wird, vergrößert sich das Leiden der Tiere. Es werden immer mehr Katzen (trotz der Todesfälle). Das kümmert die Leute wenig. Und wer ist bereit, dafür Geld für eine Geburtenkontrolle auszugeben... Noch schlimmer: die auch im Winter hier ausharren und sich der Katzen annehmen, werden deswegen angefeindet. Sollen die Katzen doch verenden! Es sind ja viel zu viele! ...weiterlesen "Kätzchengeschichten aus Kazaviti"

Note also articles/parts I (Introduction/general); III (Greece) and IV (Bavaria).

In New Guinea uprooted villagers “design” their houses in a similar way as shanty town dwellers; they return to the basic construction outlines, but they also seek access to advanced technology = corrugated iron, plastic and alike. Any tradition in house design has been totally abandoned. The dilemma here is the collapse of the original communal coherence, hence the lack of pride and esteem for their own heritage (a general village peoples dilemma) and the imitation of urban =modern= white man’s ways of buildig technology, without having adequate economic means or adequate support. Regardless, what costs money is supposed to be better than the bush materials that grow wild in the village environment.

Note also articles/parts I (Introduction/general); II (New Guinea - Melanesia) and III (Greece)

Bavarian villages were losing their image, with high-rise cooperative containers (Raiffeisen) dominating the sky line. But with folk tradition still  much alive and reshaping not only by incentives like tourism, old craftsmanship (Zimmerer) and the old-style decorated wooden farm buildings in Uppewr Bavaria came back. Right to the 1960 much of the traditional, and sadly the oldest farm houses were lost, but after 1970 the renaissance came in full swing. Government attention (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) focussed on churches. Simple houses were ignored. Fortunately, traditional farm buildings were not impeding the essential mechanisation in agriculture (machinery).

- with emphasis on Kazaviti village, Thassos Island

Note also articles/parts I (Introduction/general); II (New Guinea - Melanesia) and IV (Bavaria)

All pictures and captions on page 5

The schizofrenic situation in Greece is characterized by the overwhelming power of urban life style on the one hand side, and close affinity of town people to the village where their forefathers lived, on the other. “Tradition” is on everybody's lips, but hardly anyone really understands what it means. And praxis shows the opposite of preserving the old. Pseudo-rustic design is in vogue as fulfilment of nostalgia – without that people have maintained any meaningful comprehension of village heritage. ...weiterlesen "The dilemma of rural architecture – part III (Greece)"