A barbecue. (Syn. Mangahlli)
In point of fact these sturdy and convenient portable steel devices form a focal point for the life of the family in the summer.
Any outing without the fougou is viewed as ill starred from the outset and liable to end in disaster.
Crowded beaches on windy days, areas with a high risk of fire, children's parties, all are considered eminently suitable venues for souvla, (char-grilled pork or lamb) despite the obvious risks involved.
It is rare for persons to share a fougou on a communal basis except on special occasions. Fifty families in close proximity on a small beach will all have their own fougou close to hand and even a collapsible table to mount it on from the kasha of the thiplowgambinon parked with (or possibly on) the family at the water's edge.
So compulsive is this fascination that a possible religious link has been suggested with the fougou being seen as some kind of family altar on which sacrifices are first burned and later consumed.
The Sumerian god Ninurta was said to favour such practices around 3,000 BC. and indeed it was common to sacrifice to all of the many gods of the Sumerian Pantheon daily.
Music, dancing and curious specific rites accompanied this. (Portable radios / televisions, beach parties and seaside automobiles?) Alternatively, it may be nothing more than a culinary mangoscini in that if an individual wants souvlakia prepared for him by his yinaiga, (type 1), neither logic, risk to life and limb, near-biblical conflagration nor environmental concerns or even the easy availability of sandwiches as an alternative will cause him to deviate from his chosen course