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Adonis
 
Adonis looked and behaved like an immortal. He was the lover of Aphrodite, just like Ares (the god of war). Being jealous, Ares turned himself into a wild boar and terrorized the district of Pafos, killing the inhabitants with such brutality that news of this boar spread all around the island. Adonis being a hunter ignored Aphrodite's warnings against hunting wild animals and set out to stop the beast from killing his countrymen.

Ares, as a wild boar, awaited Adonis and ran so fast that he gathered dust around him, blinding the young boy. The boar then attacked, wounding Adonis and left without trying to help the hunter.

Aphrodite heard his dying groans and rushed to the scene only to arrive too late. She sprinkled Adonis' blood with nectar and the drops that fell onto the ground turned into anemone flowers, whose life is short and whose petals are easily shaken off by the breeze.
Aphrodite was overcome with grief and eventually begged Zeus for the return of her lover. Zeus promised to ask Persephone, the queen of the underworld, only to realize that she also had fallen in love with the young boy and would not let him go. Zeus therefore decided that Adonis could live where he pleased for four months, provided he divided the rest of his time between the two goddesses. Adonis chose to live four months with Persephone and eight with Aphrodite.

In Pafos, the annual festival 'Άdοnia" was held on the 25th and 26th of March, staging the death and resurrection of Adonis. The first day was to mourn the death of the boy, and women would throw flowers, green branches of the myrtle tree and pots of plants in the sea, showing that they shared the grief of Aphrodite. The second day, people celebrated Adonis' resurrection by feasting.
 

 


  The birth and life
of Aphrodite

 


Aphrodite and the
Trojan War

 


Pygmalion
and Galateia

 

Cinyras

Adonis

Rock of Digenis
(Petra tou Romiou)
 


Heritage of Agios
Agapitikos

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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