Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty
Aphrodite Festivals » Kinyrades
Last Update: 09 May 2021
According to researchers, the Mysteries of Kinyrades took place every year in July. The festival was divided into three stages.
The first stage lasted four days. The believer gave the priest a coin and the priest gave the believer salt, which symbolized the origin of the goddess.
On the first day, the devotee participated in athletic contests. On the second day he went to the sea and bathed, while on the third day he offered unbloody sacrifices to the goddess. The night before the fourth day the devotee stayed awake in the sanctuary of the goddess and the next morning he was declared an adept by the high priest of the temple.
The second stage lasted two or three days and related to the myth of Aphrodite and Adonis. First, the devotee lamented the death of Adonis at a deathbed adorned with flowers, singing funeral hymns. Next, he celebrated the resurrection of the young god with dances and hymns.
The third stage was devoted to perfecting the ceremony.
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