Photographer's Note

This statue of a maiden holding a goose in her hands, is a statue of Erkyna, the Nymph . You can see in it the river that has taken her name, in a beautiful place called Krya Springs in the heart of Livadia .

According to Greek Mythology, Erkyna was a friend of Persephone (who later become "Queen of the Underworld-READ MORE ) ,the daughter of Demetra (goddess of agriculture, grain and fertility- -READ MORE ). One day, the two young women were playing in a beautiful gorge, with a goose. The goose left from the hands of Erkyna, and hid in a cave, behind a rock. When Erkyna or Persephone (there are diferent versions) moved the rock, water came flowing out, creating the springs and the river. Two of the springs, the spring of Forgetfulness and the spring of Rememberance (Πηγές της Λήθης και της Μνημοσύνης= Piges tis Lithis kai tis Mnimosinis), were used in the ancient years for the preparation of the people visiting the famous and rather peculiar Oracle of Trofonios Zeus (we'll talk about that in some future post)

Erkyna river is one of the two "feminine" rivers in Greece, the other one is Neda river in Peloponnesus. All the other rivers in greek and in Greece, are masculine, just like sky (ουρανός=ouranos) or wind (άνεμος=anemos) are, while the lakes are feminine, just as Earth (Γή, Γαία= Gaia) is. It must have something to do with movement, with the vehemence of the masculine, and the stability and fertility of the femenine on the other hand, I think, I am not sure, as my dear Tom Waits says "I 've always been puzzled by the Yin and the Yang"!


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