In the ancient Cycladic region, including the picturesque islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Naxos, threshing was an integral part of agricultural life. It was an arduous yet joyful process, symbolizing unity, community, and the fruits of hard work. These sun-kissed islands, with their arid landscapes and rocky terrains, relied on the strength and endurance of horses and donkeys to power the threshing process.
Farmers would harness these majestic animals to wooden threshing sledges or use them to turn heavy millstones. The rhythmic sound of hooves and the steady circular motion of the animals brought life to the threshing floors, as they tirelessly worked to separate the wheat from the chaff.
These practices manifest the symbiotic relationship between humans, animals, and the land, reminding us of the remarkable ingenuity and resilience of the Cycladic people in their quest for sustenance and survival. At Kalesma Mykonos, we have sought to revive this tradition as a tribute to our cultural heritage and a unique opportunity to engage with the island’s history.