Tall grass needs trimming

Panagia Eleftherotria
This photo from the other (Monday) morning shows the wonderful little church Panagia Eleftherotria in need of a trim. The weeds have obviously found some organic material for nourishment and cracks to cling to. Probably they are best left alone as disturbing them may lead to roof leaks. If they are not already dead they will dry out eventually.

The neighborhood takes it name from the church. In the vicinity are ‘Olivo’, ‘Zoupa’, ‘Skopelos Cycling’, the all purpose books, toys, stationary and copy shop ‘Hohahroupa’, ‘Gusto Pizza’ and ‘Sofo’s’ new disco club (open and busy yet so far unnamed)

Panagia Eleftherotria is dedicated to helping expectant mothers to have good and easy births. I believe that the name day for the church is September 8 – also the date given for the nativity of the Panagia Theotokos (Mother of God).

The name comes from Elefthyia, who is closely identified with Hera and Artemis and is/was the Greek goddess of childbirth. She is depicted in the Attic pottery below as helping Zeus give birth to Athena who sprang from his head.

Elefthyia standing to the right of Zeus attending the birth of Athena 6th century BCE

Elefthyia standing to the right of the seated Zeus attending the birth of Athena 6th century BCE

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