Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stone of the Couple, Cyprus

The Stone of the Couple is located in a small, beautiful village in Cyprus, called Kakopetria. This stone, according to the local legend, has crushed to death a newlywed couple. Following an old custom the newlyweds were performing the ceremonial round of the stone. This legend and the temple of a Goddess excavated at the area of Aelades refer us to the worship of Aphrodite in Cyprus. During the excavations of her temple at Palepaphos in 1888 a conical baityl (sacred stone of the Goddess) was found and is today displayed in the Nicosia Archaeological Museum. Many pagan customs continued to be practiced by Cypriots after the predominance of Christianity and a few until our days.  

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