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Encyclopedia > Dance of Zalongo

It was December 16, 1803, and 22 Souliot women were trapped on the cliffs of Zalongo. They turned towards the steep cliff while their dance began. As the enemy charged against them, the women one-by-one threw their children from the cliff of Zalongo before jumping after them. The women ultimately chose death over enslavement. Today, a monument stands on the cliffs of Zalongo as a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Souliot women, and the popular Dance of Zalongo is danced throughout Greece. A number of Souliotes also reached the harbor of Parga, which was under Russian control at the time. The Souliotes either settled down in Parga or set off for the Ionian Islands.


The fish cannot live on the land
Nor the flower on the sand
And the women of Souli
Cannot live without freedom
So, goodbye springs,
Valleys, mountains and hills
Goodbye springs
And you, women of Souli
The women of Souli
Have not only learnt how to survive
They also know how to die
Not to tolerate slavity
So, goodbye springs,
Valleys, mountains and hills
Goodbye springs
And you, women of Souli
A Souliot man The Souliots (also known as Suli, Souliotes and Souli) were deemed by the great poet Andreas Kalvos as the descendants of the Selloi (in his 30-lined ode entitled Eis Souli or To the Souli). In support of the poets belief, a Greek historian by the... A natural spring. ...



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