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Hercules killed the sons of Vorias at Tinos
According to the myth, Hercules chased and killed the sons of Vorias (the word for northern wind in Greek) or Aeolus, the ancient god of the winds, because they abandoned the Argonauts when the ship Argo passed by Tinos. So, Hercules found them on the island’s highest mountain “Tsiknias” or “Gypas”, killed them both and buried them on the top of the mountain. When their father found out that his sons were buried at Tinos, he was furious and decided to “punish” the island by blowing very strong northern winds, which is the first thing that visitors notice when arriving at Tinos.

According to another myth, the cave located at the point where the mountain Tsiknias meets the sea in the area of Faneromeni is interconnected with the top of the mountain. This is the spot that Aeolus chose to blow, through this tunnel, creating huge waves to the sea.
Snakes and reptiles disappeared from Tinos thanks to Poseidon
The ancient god Poseidon, worshiped as the god of the sea and as a great doctor, is known to have exempted the island from snakes and reptiles by sending a swarm of storks to exterminate them. Ever since, Poseidon became the protector of Tinos and a glorious temple, the largest and most famous in the ancient years, dedicated to him was built at Kionia. Only some ruins of the temple are preserved nowadays.

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