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What are the “Aphrodisia”?

Cyprus is the island of Aphrodite – but is there anybody who can still regale us with the tales of glory that the goddess of love once brought to the country? In ancient times Paphos was once known as the other “navel of the world”, sharing the title with Delphi, which had its own oracle who was equally as powerful. In Delphi, Apollo was revered, whilst in Cyprus, Aphrodite was the deity who was worshipped by all. The goddess of love was honoured with a festival called Aphrodisia that was dedicated to her and held from 1st to 3rd of April every year. Thus the people celebrated the awakening of nature, fertility, love – and sexuality. This last aspect of the divine ceremonies was slowly forgotten over the centuries – until now!