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Cyprus Myths and Legends

tropicalNot only is Cyprus full of spectacular beaches, culture and great tourist attractions, Cyprus is well known for many of its exciting myths and legends. Many of the legends are moving tales about Gods, Heroes and Royalty. Take a look below to see a few of our favourites:

Legend of Pygmalion

Pygmalion was the legionary ruler of the ancient city Carpasia. Negative experiences with prostitutes and women resulted in Pygmalion losing all desire in women. Instead of love Pygmalion focused all his energy creating magnificent sculptures, contradictory to his beliefs his favourite sculpture was of a beautiful woman.

Pygmalion fell in love with his creation and spent time wooing her with peals, flowers and even jewellery. The Goddess of love took pity on Pymalion and his devotion to his creation. The Goddess of love brought the sculpture to life enabling Pymalion to have his Queen and true love.

Legend of the Olive Tree

In Cyprus olive trees are considered sacred, holding both economic and spiritual value. Years ago ones wealth was once measured simply by the number of olive trees they owned.

Legend suggests that Jesus Christ hid on top of the olive trees to escape his enemy. Once he was safe and his enemy had passed he said the following prayer to bring luck and wealth from an olive tree “live 100 years more than the person who cultivates you: give plentiful fruit, be a tree which gives fruit and oil and makes your owners rich”. Since then then many people in Cyprus believe that olive trees are sacred and protector from evil.

Five Finger Mountain

The Five Finger Mountain is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions within Cyprus. Below is just one of the many stories about how the Five Finger Mountain was formed!

Legend suggests a young hero named Dhiyemis Akritas saved the people of Cyprus from Saracen Invaders. While defending Cyprus and the people he left a hand print in the soil, which can be seen today as the jagged edges of the Five Finger Mountain.

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Date Created: 03/02/2016

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