6 January 2018_Epiphany or Blessing of the Waters

In Orthodox Greece, epiphany – January 6th – commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan by John the Baptist.

In ancient Greece myriad of myths talked about the importance of water and its creatures – gods, nymphs, daemons – for fertility, rejuvenation, forgiveness, but also for oblivion and death.

Water rituals were also performed before the iniates were brought to the Sanctuary for unveiling the mysteries of life.

6 January 2018 _ Plaka, Leonidio_Greece. Credit: Christoph Ziegler.

The Baptism_Monastery of Daphni_Unesco site_10th century mosaic. Credit: Loukia Richards







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