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Mythology

 

Amphitrite was an Oceanis or a Nereid, who was dancing in the island of Naxos (in the Aegean), when Poseidon, God of the Sea saw her and fell madly in love with her. Although she hid at "the end of the world", she was found by a resourceful dolphin and was taken to Poseidon. The Sea God rewarded the Dolphin by proclaiming him divine and immortal. With Amphitrite in his arms, the Sea God hit the island of Corfu with his trident breaking off its southern tip in order to form an urgently needed love refuge. However, in the process he lost his trident which was found by the islanders, who made it into their island's emblem. The divine couple gave birth to the sea daemon, Triton and to two daughters, Rodos and Venthesikimy.

Spyo, another Nereid was believed living in the sea caves of Paxos.

Plutarch writes the most significant myth related to the island complex of Paxi: Epithersis, an important teacher, was sailing towards Italy on a merchant ship. Passengers were dining when the ship sailed close to Paxi. That is when the Egyptian captain, Thamous heard 3 times a cry coming from Paxos: "The great PAN is dead". He repeated what he had heard to Tiberius Caesar, who not only believed his story but demanded an official research on whether Pan might still be living on Paxos. PAN was the god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music. He wandered the hills and mountains of Arkadia playing his pan-pipes and chasing Nymphs. His unseen presence aroused feelings of panic in men passing through the remote, lonely places of the wilds, with his goat smell but also feelings of unexplained and uncontrollable desire to both men and women.

Pan was believed to be son of Hermes and Callisto or Penelopy or Driopos etc . He was born fully develop and when his mother saw him, she run away in terror. Hermes carried the abandoned newborn into Olympus, where all the gods were delighted with him, and especially Dionysus. He is depicted as a man with the horns, legs and tail of a goat, and with thick beard, snub nose and pointed ears. He often appeared in the retinue of Dionysos alongside the other rustic gods. Greeks in the classical age associated his name with the word pan meaning "all". However, it true origin lies in an old Arkadian life style.

This myth is considered probably the most significant on Paxos, since it is thought to symbolize the end of the ancient world and the dawn of the Christian era; also because since Plutarch, it is mentioned by many travel writers, poets, writers sailing through the Ionian Sea.