helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Last year there was a ceremony conducted in Olympia, Greece during which the Olympic torch was lit prior to transferring it to Canada. I hadn't actually seen this ritual when it first happened - I just found it because I had heard there was a technical problem during the torch-lighting in Vancouver and wanted to find out what happened. Instead of finding that, I found the Olympia link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwqnVcQNIJk&feature=PlayList&p=5B9034BF7002D0FA&index=0&playnext=1

The lighting ceremony is a series of four videos. The first one contains intros and national anthems, flag raisings, etc. Lots of pretty scenery shown. However, the ritual to Apollo starts in the 2nd video.

It's narrated in Greek but the visuals are worth watching just to see the scenery, choreography, and the ritual invocation of Apollo.

Afterwords there are some videos of the relay marathon with the torch, and then the handing over of the torch to Canada. The interesting part (to me) was the ritual itself. So beautiful...

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