My beautiful village

This is the Greek village I’m originally from, called Skiadas (my dad’s village). The name in Greek means “Hades’ shade” or “Hades’ shadow”, since my village is built by the Acheron river, close to where the Cerberus and the entrance to the UnderWorld was located according to the ancient Greeks. According to the myth, when Plouto had too much of Hades’ darkness (or too much bickering from Persephone, his trophy wife), he would come out to the living world to rest, but because he hated the sun (he was the God for the UnderWorld, and his eyes were not used to the light), he had to find a place that had shade for a long time. The sun is obscured by a large mountain in front of Skiadas, so we don’t get sunshine there earlier than 11:00 AM for most of the year. A perfect hideout. The supposed actual entrance to Hades is nearby another village, which is where my mom is from. I guess you can say that I have a creepy lineage…

I only lived about 5 years in Skiadas overall, but it’s my real home. At 00:45 sec you can see my school (now deserted, I went there for 3 years). You can ignore the terrible local music in the video btw… That kind of music has become my nightmare since I was a kid, as I was often forced to line-dance to it (social pressure).

Now that my health is back on track, next time I’m there I will be able to shoot a proper video of my village and its people. Maybe I’ll shoot it as a documentary.

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David Adams wrote on January 26th, 2012 at 2:05 PM PST:

The countryside looks remarkably like the area around my house in Park City.


Monty wrote on January 28th, 2012 at 5:13 PM PST:

Sorry Eugenia, but the music sounds pretty cool to me 🙂 I understand your discomfort though… thanks for this insite. With Greece being in the news so much lately, its interesting to see. I’ve always dreamed of visiting Greece, swimming in the crystal clear waters and visiting the ancient sites. You are so lucky to be connected so strongly with one of the cradles of humanity, and imho you are a shining example of the unique power of your lineage… power, intelligence and humanity, curiosity… the list goes on. Thanks again.


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