Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Symbol of Rhodes

Rhodes has a beautiful symbol, i.e. a deer, the Dama-Dama. However, years ago it was endangered due to the fact that a large percentage of the deer population was burnt during the catastrophic fires of ’87 and ’92. Nevertheless, two deers are placed in the entrance of the port, one male and one female. This symbol consists part of the tradition of the island. Many claim that that deers came to the islands after the arrival of the crusaders, in order to protect themselves from the snakes. Another belief is that deers were introduced to the Greek island from the Venetians, during the time when Rhodes was under their rule.

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