Friday, 20 July 2007

It's all Greek to me....

Legend tells us that Delphi was the point where two eagles, which had been released by Zeus at different ends of the world, had met again after their flights across the skies. Zeus threw the Sacred Stone at this exact point, and Delphi became known as the centre of the world.
This was where all those wishing to consult the Oracle would come. The Oracle of Delphi was a spiritual experience, in which advice and questions were asked to the spirit of Apollo.
The reply from Apollo would be channelled through priestesses, known as Pythia, who would be seated on a tripod over a mysterious chasm that expelled mystic vapours, said to enhance the channelling of Apollo. The priestess, who hadn't eaten nor drunk for three days had to chew then laurel leaves and became as we say in modern words "high by the leaves and the vapours and said a lot of cryptic words, which were then translated by the priests.

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