The History of Alektrona & Pastida

The History of Alektrona & Pastida

We live in a unique sunny island and  that makes it known throughout the world that is an ideal holiday location. Its history goes back centuries, when it emerged from the sea salt, to give as a gift to the god of Sun. Over this island Helios married the nymph Rhodes and gave birth to seven sons, the Heliades, and a daughter Alektrona, who died a virgin and was honored as a hero. The male children were Ochimos, Kerkaphos, Makar, Aktionas, Tenagis, Triopian and Kandalos. The Heliades excelled in learning, had an appeal mainly to astrology, they introduced new practices in shipping and to those is credited the separation of day in hours. Their inteligence and yet their love of learning was not enough to release them from the negative aspects of their character, such as jealously and envy. The one who stood out was Tenagis and his siblings killed him due to their jealousy. Once their act became widespread they fled elsewhere.

In Caria, Kos, Lesvos and Egypt where reputed that Aktionas built Heliopolis and taught the Egyptians the art of astronomy. Only Ochimos and Kerkaphos, who didn’t participated in the murder, remained on the island where they built the city of Achaia. Ochimos  became king as the he was the older brother, his wife was Igitora , and they had a daughter called Cydippe. Then Kerkaphos became the king, married Cydippe and gave birth to three sons. Their three sons, is known to us all: Kamiros,  Ialyssos and Lindos, divided the island into three parts and each built a city name. Our Village, Pastida, was from those years an important part of the ” city of Achaia. ” The story is much greater than we imagine and lost in the mists of time embroiled in a collection of mythological and historical figures and events. Even its name reveals its divine origin, and stresses the sanctity of the place and the region.

The area which extends from the point where our cemetery is, to the south slope of Filerimos testifies that our village was formerly an important part of a city combination, a confederacy. Testimonies and archaeological findings confirm those called as Doric fountain and the “Sacred Law of ‘Alektronas”, which is dedicated to the nymph, which was worshipped in this region. This area was a place with strong energy force and so selected as “holy area” for the priestess of Apollo, Alektrona. Our ancestors gave great importance to the distinction of spaces. According to Hippodamus, great architect of the 5th century BC spaces divided into: private, public and sacred.

The third category was the highest distinction for a place because there were energy forces, which emitted power due to some factors, such as altitude, the composition of the rock, the winds, the electricity and magnetism of the soil and the underground streams. All these existed in the area so the ancient inhabitants recognised it as a sacred place. Even today a walk in those places, is enough to confirm the energy force of the site and explain why our ancestors chose to build shrines to honor their gods and heroes. Centuries later, this space, though in complete abandonment continues to emit a unique energy based on sanctity and great history that has bequeathed to us. It is now up to  all the villagers to revive this glory of the past and give the village it’s great place and the grandeur that was in those ancient times.