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The navel of the Earth

At the beginning of the amazing Gorge in Stone of Jordan stands opposite a short inscription and a design etched into the rock. It is a tribute of a Greek soldier, a reference to the "Hub of the Earth", Delphi, that the Greeks were taking with them where they were going. And I had with me an admirable indication, the essay by George Seferis for Delphi. When I opened the ' trials ', they opened immediately and my wings, and like the mythical Eagles left Zeus to fly from the two ends of the world, among the Fedriades Stones: «(…) The myth may mean that the dark forces is the leaven of light· that the more intense, the more deep is the light when the master. And ponders that if Delphi landscape vibrates from such internal fibrillation, is why there is no maybe corner on our land to fermentation so much of the boundary between forces and by the absolute light». Indeed,, the landscape of Delphi is one of the most shocking in the world. The many confess that they have experienced. Because the Delfoiden is only a Museum of ancient Greek art and history, It is not only an amazing landscape light radiating irritates the eyes. It is a landscape that speaks to the mind and the soul to great things, for the power of God of harmony, of light and divination, talking about big ideas, such as Amfiktionies. The General landscape of Delphi, the monuments, the Museum with the strict Charioteer, the sources, the stones, all these do not give just the impression of a great archaeological site, but a landscape that matters as the visitor and the attitude that keeps far.

Heavenly scenery and Delphi ideology
Going up the paving that stepped on so and so many people voting as pilgrims for thousands of years now, leave left the Treasure of Athens (It was built with the spoils of the victorious battle of Marathon in 490 e.g.)· and as we move towards the first clearing of landscape, where most visitors stop to be photographed in a akoympismenoi column. Then they are coming back to mind the words of the journalist and art critic of the British "Guardian" Jonathan Jones· one of the pilgrims who say:

"Delphi, in Greece, have a strong claim to be considered the most wonderful landscape on Earth. Re’ the last brief visit there I have inculcated in the mind as the archetype of all classical paintings of the landscape painting· the dreamy location that somehow the Turner, Claude and Poussin tried to reflect in their works. In my memory, the crystalline blue sky of Delphi illuminates the marbles and silvers the leaves of liodentrwn, making it to spinthiroboloyn more strongly than even the brightest Turner projects. The landscape that looks like it was born to heaven, is essential. The original colours and the perfect harmony of culture and nature the lift in the fictional world of the gods. Delphi Greek mythology becomes reality ".

And all climb to the Temple of Apollo, the columns whose – those who still remain standing across the stormy centuries – look like pawns on the chessboard of human thought. One could write "know thyself" (has self-awareness), another "Zero Agan» (don't do anything excessive), and another "Metron" track, others can be expressed using other quotes of ancient wisdom. The dimensions of the temple are impressive, but the weight of. The xaplwmenes on Earth ancient stones rescue a slow music experience. The first contact of people become with mother earth through the fumes of some underground water current that went out on the surface by a crack of land. People came to rest their head on Earth, was getting to sleep and the great mother talked them into their dreams: "First I praise than’ the gods in my deisi/prwtomantissa Earth· (…)"says Aeschylus at «Eymenides».
But although the bouts of land is imposing, the light is pantocrator. So was the God of light and harmony Apollo, dominant here. Killed the Python, the son of the great mother, and he was installed over the sacred earth crack, to disclose that the coming events to mortals through Pythias and priests of.

So the whole story of Greece passed from here, from the tripods, next to crack that sat the Pythia sucking Bay leaves, and by the priest who was recording the inarticulate cries of to translate together with other priests in Oracle. From the place we would elect people of the archaic era to erect their colony in foreign land, until the major events of the classical era and the years of the great Macedonian Kings.

All political developments, the historical episodes, the ideology of Greece, were reflected there in edifices, in sculptures, in statues dedicated the Greek cities with every opportunity to God who not only knew of the coming events, but the reveal and the mortals, which made him the most respected AP’ all. Above it was the theater that was built by the Kings of the Hellenistic Kingdom of Pergamum, the 2nd century. e.g., to perform musical and theatrical games. This compendium of Greek culture that symbolize the Delphi had the "alafroiskiwto" mind of the fine Angelos Sikelianos (and the symparastatria of Eve Palmer), When tried at the beginning of the previous century to xanathymisoyn the Delphi concept with feasts in this theater:

"In the mind of young Greek,
where is bathed in new
Pink light deep,
played some imitation
the fighting aniboy God,
the new Apollo,
When he killed the Python ...»

Man of Delphi, as calls him George Seferis, It was somewhere here, near the stadium, the House of. Met and here the two poets and perhaps here you passed first time from the mind of Seferis such ideas: "As the years go by, and with the help of our poets begin and how deeply we can and go echoes of our tradition, slowly though what are the things that distinguish us in the world we live in» ...

Place separate from the other world
It is impossible to let down the ' Tests ' and get away from the description of George Seferis in Delphi, coming from the sea, from ITEA:

«More at Delphi, After you pass the village, and to bring the road in front of the mosque, you got the feeling that savvy in’ a place separated from the other world. It is an amphitheater nestled on the first rungs of Parnassus. In the East and North, the close the Fedriades: the Yampeia that goes down like the prow of a large boat and cut the langádhia· North Bay where leaning almost stage. In the West the Rocky wall of AI-Lia, and beyond the mountains of Locris, the Gkiona, where do you see the Sun reigns. If you get back the eyes in the South, you have before you the robust lines of Kirfis and, her legs, the ravine of Pleistoy. The Pleistos is dry in summer· see Sun refines the dry riverbed, but a stream of olive Gush, you'd, and fills the whole plain of Amfissas, as the shore, where prwtoblepei the Navigator. Closer, It's glossy stones of the ruins of Marmarias, where the three pillars of the dome. I was going to forget the Castalia. However the water has a scent of thyme ".

Why we feel here such a vibration;
"I ponder these big waves deep through time, that shift the meanings of words. L. x. the meaning of the word Oracle, where has gone in our time; The word became an archaeological object. Agree. Yet the meaning of; Did you got this or that imperceptibly scientific or mathematical form; Who knows. However what one feels is that, in the background of today's reflection, something must be left by those old katalymenes expressions. Otherwise, How could we feel here such a vibration;»

Giorgos Seferis, "Delphi", in "Testing" ((B)’ volume, Ikaros publications)

Strangers, hosting, tour guides ...

The concept of travelers and xenias the existed from very old in this place, as the sanctuary and Oracle brought people from every corner of the Magna Graecia and by foreign still. There has always been a great stream of travelers, unending centuries. Already since the time of Plutarch were tour guides that xenagoysan visitors to the shrine and sightseeing around this. And now, the tour guides with umbrellas in summer visitors tour the archaeological site, but the ties a common faith, but everyone carries his personal legend, like his personal travel items.

Greece – Global Mitrida Culture

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