CYPRUS: ANEMONE AND MYRTLE

Wisam Mansour

Abstract


Spring after spring, beautiful nature in the land of Aphrodite softly sings the melodious,
exotic, and sad myths of ancient Cyprus.
How many a tourist or visitor venturing through the Aden-like landscape decked with the
delicate jewels of Persephone, would tune his ears to the whispering sound of the
anemones and marjoram telling their eternal tale of passion, love and suffering? How many
would, with their sharp eyes, notice the pearl-like tears of the myrtle, confirming with the
language of silence, the whispered tales of the anemones and the marjoram. Pink and white
cyclamen, elecampane, sedges, basil, balsam, thyme and rosemary are the everlasting
audiences and witnesses to the ancient myths that were once enacted around Salamis,
Karpass, Amathus, Paphos, to mention but a few names; myths that are still carried around
with the gentle sighs of the breeze.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/38-3-4-536

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