The word Zeibekikos originates from its first component, the god Zeus
(Jupiter) and its second the word “tip or vekos” meaning bread in Herodotus. From some others the ancient Thracian word “Buka”, which derived from the Phrygian word “vekos” means “gob = bite”. This together with prefix, the vocative of Zeus “Jupiter”, produced the word “Zeybek”. The Zeybek were Greek Thracians, who followed Alexander the Great in his campaign in the depths of Asia. The “Zeybek”, were animal traders and slaughterers, they slaughtered and sold animals. Over the years they wanted to immortalize their heroism and maintain the traditions and thus, created this dance, Zeibekiko, which was danced with swords in hands and sometimes in the mouth. The original form of this dance was the Pyrrhichios, also a war dance, which they considered as a kind of military training and learned by young children. Zeibekikos reflects defeat in battle and danced in honor of the dead warriors. This includes indeed the circular movement and the heavy feeling that exudes. Today it is danced to different tunes, which vary according to their thematic content. In any case, it continues to be the dominant element of our entertainment!