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Mythology
According to mythology the first inhabitants of the island were the water nymphs that lived near the many springs and fountains and kept the island very fertile with abundant greenery and lush valleys. The gods were jealous of this unearthly beauty and therefore sent a lion to chase the nymphs off the island. The island from that point on became very dry and was ruled by the star Sirius. The inhabitants pleaded to the semi-god Aristaios, who was the son of Apollo and the nymph Kyrini, for rain and designated the highest point of the island as a sanctuary to the rain god Ikmaios who heard their appeal and saved the island from drought.

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