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Kythira Mythology

According to Hesiod, the ancient Greek poet, in its masterpiece “Theogony”, Kronos cut off his father’s, Uranus, urged by his thirst for power and his desire to assist his mother Gaia, who was abused by her husband, and threw them in the Sea of Kythira. From the foam they created Aphrodite was born. Aphrodite travelled to Cyprus, where she was also worshipped, but Kythirais the landmark of her birth and existence.

According to paleontologists, this myth symbolizes the emergence of the island, just like Aphrodite’s emergence from the sea foam, as the ancients believe. This is also one valid theory as there are plenty of paleontological sea findings on the island (Mitata and Variadika areas mainly).


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