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Meet the Anemoi, the Greek Gods of Weather

Ancient Greeks believed that the weather -- like nearly everything else on earth-- was the result of divine activity. Wind, specifically, was associated with the Anemoi, or the Greek gods of the wind. The Anemoi are the four gods named...

A Visit to Greece’s Valley of the Muses

The eastern slopes of Mount Helicon have been known as the Valley of the Muses since ancient times. They were the site of an ancient Greek sanctuary where, since the 3rd century B.C., the Thespians would organize Mouseia festivals...

Lost Something? Bake a Fanouropita, if You Can Find a Recipe

August 27 marks the celebration of St. Fanourios and to honor him Greek women typically bake a Fanouropita, or Saint Fanourios Pie, in hopes of find something they have lost. The martyr is known for helping the faithful find lost...

The Barefoot Fire-Walking Ritual of Anastenaria Lives On in Greece

Hundreds of people descend on the town of Langadas, near Thessaloniki, each year in late May to participate in the ancient ritual of "Anastenaria," in which barefoot people walk on glowing coals. The communities which celebrate this ritual are descended...