Myths and Heroes

Apart from the party-loving islands, beautiful beaches, and amazing monuments, Greece is also known for the often dramatic myths of gods, and heroes. Cyprus has been part of the Greek civilisation for thousands of years, thus many Greek myths take part on the island.

Many of you may be familiar with the Pygmalion effect. But have you ever heard of the story behind the phenomenon’s name? Well, Pygmalion was in fact, a king and a sculptor from Cyprus.

After witnessing the Propoetides prostituting themselves, he felt repulsed by women. Feeling hatred towards concubines’ culture, he created his version of beauty, innocence, and womanhood in the form of an ivory sculpture of a woman. Amazed by the beauty of his sculpture, he fell in love with her. He named his creation and beloved, Galatea.

Pygmalion’s emotions for Galatea run deep. Desperate during Aphrodite’s festival as he made
his offering to the goddess, he quietly wished for a bride as perfect as his statue. Aphrodite
was impressed by his love and devotion towards Galatea. So, she decided to bring his beloved
to life. When Pygmalion arrived at home, he kissed Galatea on the lips, only to realise she felt
warm. After that fateful day, the two spent the rest of their lives together. They had two sons
and one daughter, Paphos, Cinyras (father of Adonis), and Metharme.

So, for those who do not know of the Pygmalion effect here is a rough idea of the idea. Our beliefs about ourselves affect our actions towards others. Then our actions affect other people’s beliefs about ourselves, which then affect their actions towards us. Thus, this phenomenon was named after him because thanks to his beliefs, he created a beautiful ivory statute of his perception as the perfect woman, and because of his devotion to Galatea, Aphrodite admired him and decided to grant his wish to have Galatea by his side as a wife.


If you wish to learn more of Cyprus’ myths, and heroes here is a link to my eBook Top 7 Cyprus, a book about Cyprus’ history, myths, historical and religious monuments, food, beaches, and lifestyle.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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