The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 33: The Sanctuary of Demeter on Naxos

Thor and I found timeless serenity in the quiet valley where the goddess of fertility and the seasons has been honored since ancient days.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Near the village of Sangri in one of the central valleys of Naxos, the Sanctuary of Demeter is planted fittingly among farms and orchards, since Demeter was the Greek goddess of fertility and the seasons. Even before Demeter’s temple was built, this was the site of open-air worship of an Earth goddess. We visited in early October when the shorn fields had turned brown, but in the spring this valley would be lush green and filled with wildflowers, including the wild red poppies that are Demeter’s sacred flower. As Thor and I wound around the hills in our rental car, we spotted the temple and its later small Christian “breadloaf” chapel beneath the maternal breasts of two rounded hills.

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 33: The Sanctuary of Demeter on Naxos — 6 Comments

  1. I remember this being a nice ruin but my favorite part was having a beer and sausage while we sat in the grass and then going to the beach. My God there are a lot ruins in Greece.

    • Thank you, Thor, for your long-suffering patience with my obsession with all the ruins! And the picnic was so peaceful in that quiet valley.

    • Yes, very interesting with the layers of history! The previous year we were in a heat wave, but on this trip it was windy and cool almost every day (possibly because of Cyclone Zorba?). Didn’t keep us from swimming in that magical sea, but it was Brisk!

    • Thanks so much for the links to this hauntingly beautiful song. A lot of power here! I love the way it turns around the common expectations.