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Vlakh people (Greece)


Last modified: 2003-11-22 by ivan sache
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The Vlakh flag?

In an annual meeting of Vlakhs from all over the world, I saw two flags hoisted side by side: the Greek flag and another one, with a yellow background. Unfortunately, there was no wind at all and it was impossible to see the design.
In the same report, one could see lots of banners, apparently either parish banners or just decorative ones,

Thanh-Tam Lê, 14 April 1999

According to Hugh Poulton, Balkans (1991); the Vlakhs are a Latin-speaking people - they speak a form of Romanian - living south of the Danube in Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia (predominantly in Serbia and Vardar Macedonia) and, primarily, in Greece. They are an historically old people who antedates the more modern arrivals to the Balkan Peninsula like the Slavs, Bulgars and Turks.
Perhaps because of this, they, unlike other minorities, do not appear to live in particularly concentrated areas, with the exception of the 'Vlakh capital' Aminciu (Metsovon) in the Pindus mountains at the headlands of the five rivers of the Pindus range. The Vlakh language is called Aromanian.

I doubt wether the Vlakhs would have hoisted their own flags, since they are regarded by Greeks as Greeks with an accent and have had several hard times. During the second World War an autonomous 'Principality of the Pindus' was declared by an extremist named Alcibiades Diamandi of Samarina, consisting of Epirus, Macedonia and all of Thessaly, with Diamandi as the Prince and a compatriot as the head of the 'Roman Legion' - an army of Vlakh fascists.

Jarig Bakker, 14 April 1999

Here is what I received from the Aromanian Association of Paris:

"Les Aroumains n'ont pas un drapeau national" (Aromanians do not have a[ny] national flag)

Thanh-Tam Lê, 23 June 1999