EOS – the Goddess of dawn
When I woke-up the last morning in Kefalonia, it was still completely dark and calm outside. After a short while a very faint blueish light appeared behind the stark mountains and let them look like huge paper-cuts. Some minutes later the mountains were slightly illuminated from behind in a tender salmon color, and then the sky changed from minute to minute, getting more and more beautiful, colorful and impressive. I took out my camera to photograph one of the most spectacular sunrises I have ever seen. It seemed as if this was a goodbye-present from my island. It was really the divine birth of a new day.
I remembered that the old Greeks had a lot of Gods and Goddesses like Artemis, the Goddess of hunt, Hermes, the God of thieves, commerce and travelers, Dionysos, the God of wine and ecstasy, Nyx, the Goddess of night, Selene, the Goddess of the Moon and Helios, the God of the sun. They were not infallible like our Gods nowadays; they had very human character attributes: they were cruel, they had love affairs, they started wars etc.
The old Greeks had a Goddess of dawn, too, named Eos, and she was supposed to wear a tiara out of rubies. That’s what I saw at this moment. It was overwhelming.
Eos was the sister of Selene (moon) and Helios (sun). What a nice family.
Eos‘ throne stood at the spring of river Oceanus. With her horses and carriage she appeared every morning out of river Oceanus. She drove in front of her brother Helios (the God of the sun) with her own carriage when he travelled heaven’s tent from morning to evening after she disappeared.
She was supposed to be very graceful, beautiful, had curly hair, rosy arms and fingers and a saffron-colored dress (according to Homer).
Once Eos had a love affair with Ares, the God of war. Aphrodite (the Goddess of love) was very angry about her and took vengeance by giving Eos an insatiable demand for young men. Since that time she had to look for young men on her way across the firmament. This made her blush, and the sky blushed, too. She was said to have had a lot of love-affairs… I must admit I really fell in love with these nice allegories and mythologies because they were very logical, vivid and metaphorical.
I guess, this morning Eos had found a very attractive young man and she blushed a lot. I wish I had seen him, too.