GREECE, A DREAM VACATION ?
or the DOORWAY TO HELL?
What The Greek Ministry Of Tourism
Would & Would Not Like You To See
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."
Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 BCE). Greek physician, described as the Father of Modern Medicine."
It would behoove the Greek state to reflect upon the words of Hippocrates
"LIVE YOUR MYTH IN GREECE"
"The ancient Greek artists focused upon creating the "ideal" human being. They explored people's experiences, interactions with the natural world, and human relations to the gods."
Greece is a country where the Greek Orthodox church remains an all-but-established faith and the self-appointed guardian of national identity. Sadly the Greek Orthodox church fails miserably at teaching compassion for all "God's" creatures. Greece irreverently buries her dead animals under a heap of inhumanity.
Greece, also known as 'The Hellenic Republic', has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 1981, and the European Monetary Union (EMU) since 2001. The vast majority of the population speaks Modern Greek and the Greeks set great store by their language and culture. The pity is, that they neglect their duties and moral obligations to the creatures with whom they share their land!
The Greeks are not a people to aspire to dwell in mediocrity but the meteoric decline in animal welfare is becoming a hall mark.
What is emerging in the wake of Greece's indifference, is a vulgarization of her culture and sacred antiquity. Who is dimming the lights?
Creation Of The World According To
"Continue To Live The Myth In Greece"
In the beginning there was only chaos. Then out of the void appeared Erebus, the unknowable place where death dwells, and Night. All else was empty, silent, endless, darkness. Then somehow Love was born bringing a start of order. From Love came Light and Day. Once there was Light and Day, Gaea, the earth appeared.
Then Erebus slept with Night, who gave birth to Ether, the heavenly light, and to Day the earthly light. Then Night alone produced Doom, Fate, Death, Sleep, Dreams, Nemesis, and others that come to man out of darkness. Meanwhile Gaea alone gave birth to Uranus, the heavens. Uranus became Gaea's mate covering her on all sides.
Together they produced the three Cyclopes, the three Hecatoncheires, and twelve Titans. However, Uranus was a bad father and husband. He hated the Hecatoncheires. He imprisoned them by pushing them into the hidden places of the earth, Gaea's womb. This angered Gaea and she ploted against Uranus. She made a flint sickle and tried to get her children to attack Uranus. All were too afraid except, the youngest Titan, Cronus.
Gaea and Cronus set up an ambush of Uranus as he lay with Gaea at night. Cronus grabed his father and castrated him, with the stone sickle, throwing the severed genitales into the ocean. The fate of Uranus is not clear. He either died, withdrew from the earth, or exiled himself to Italy. As he departed he promised that Cronus and the Titans would be punished. From his spilt blood came the Giants, the Ash Tree Nymphs, and the Erinnyes.
From the sea foam where his genitales fell came Aphrodite. Cronus became the next ruler. He imprisoned the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires in Tartarus. He married his sister Rhea, under his rule the Titans had many offspring. He ruled for many ages. However, Gaea and Uranus both had prophesied that he would be overthrown by a son. To avoid this Cronus swallowed each of his children as they were born. Rhea was angry at the treatment of the children and ploted against Cronus. When it came time to give birth to her sixth child, Rhea hid herself, then she left the child to be raised by nymphs. To concel her act she wrapped a stone in swaddling cloths and passed it off as the baby to Cronus, who swallowed it.
This child was Zeus. He grew into a handsome youth on Crete. He consulted Metis on how to defeat Cronus. She prepaired a drink for Cronus design to make him vomit up the other children. Rhea convinced Cronus to accept his son and Zeus was allowed to return to Mount Olympus as Cronus's cupbearer. This gave Zeus the opertunity to slip Cronus the specially prepaired drink. This worked as planned and the other five children were vomitted up. Being gods they were unharmed.
A New Born Puppy in the Hand of an Animal Rescuer in Athens, Greece.
Welcome Puppy, To The
"Cradle of Civilization"
& May God Help You!"
"Hostess" to the 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece has now been pressured to cater to unwanted guests--the dwindling number of abandoned dogs that roam the city streets.
Greek and international animal advocates have, in the past, pointed a collective finger at government officials and are still demanding to know what happened to several thousand of the city's mutts who seem to have vanished during game site preparation.
Greece, a vacation paradise, is not well known for it's hospitality towards companion or farmed animals, but for it's brutality.
Due to international protest over Greece's widespread slaughter of abandoned dogs to "tidy" the city for the onslaught of tourists to the games, the municipality of Athens has been forced to initiate a program to capture, neuter and release the remaining hounds who pound the pavement in search of food and human kindness.
Sadly, poisoning is a fact of life in Greece that most strays, neutered or not, will not escape.
The world animal welfare community continues to voice unanim- ous concern regarding the safety and humane care of the animals.
It appears that due to past experience, my trust in the prudence of the officials and many citizens to do right by the city's abandoned strays is more than shaky.
Marijo Anne Gillis
Article first published in 2004
I am horrified to learn of the suspicious, pet warehouse fire of October 24th that burned alive over 1500 animals (companion animals, monkeys and all types of exotics) in Vari, near Athens.
It is hard to imagine a country or a people who are more indifferent to animal suffering than Greece. This latest instance of animal cruelty, in a country where citizens walk happily by homeless dogs dying in the streets, is another example of the apathy and inhumanity of the state veterinarian Chryssa Dile of the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry's inability and unwillingness to function on behalf of the animals under its jurisdiction has created a living hell for animals in Greece.
Greece is a physically beautiful country that I will never visit. As an employee in the travel industry and an avid traveler, the most common comment I hear about Greece is ---"beautiful country but I will never go back --- just too much animal suffering".
I have been discouraged from traveling to Greece and I also discourage others. For anyone who cares even remotely about animals, visiting Greece quickly becomes a nightmare. In an age where animal suffering is less and less tolerated around the world, it seems foolhardy for a country that relies on tourism to survive to continue to ignore the welfare of its animals.
It is in its treatment of its weakest members that a nation reveals its soul.
The soul of Greece is stained with the blood of the hundreds of thousands of animals suffering within its borders every day. The people of Greece should be hanging their heads in shame.
Surrey B.C. Canada V4A 9E9.
They were thankful to Zeus and made him their leader. Cronus was yet to be defeated. He and the Titans, except Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Oceanus, fought to retain their power.
Atlas became their leader in battle and it looked for some time as though they would win and put the young gods down. However, Zeus was cunning. He went down to Tartarus and freed the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires. Prometheus joined Zeus as well. He returned to battle with his new allies.
The Cyclopes provided Zeus with lighting bolts for weapons. The Hecatoncheires he set in ambush armed with boulders. With the time right, Zeus retreated drawing the Titans into the Hecatoncheires's ambush. The Hecatoncheires rained down hundreds of boulders with such a fury the Titans thought the mountains were falling on them. They broke and ran giving Zeus victory.
Zeus exiled the Titans who had fought against him into Tartarus. Except for Atlas, who was singled out for the special punishment of holding the world on his shoulders.
However, even after this victory Zeus was not safe. Gaea angry that her children had been imprisoned gave birth to a last offspring, Typhoeus.
Typhoeus was so fearsome that most of the gods fled. However, Zeus faced the monster and flinging his lighting bolts was able to kill it. Typhoeus was burried under Mount Etna in Sicily.
Much later a final challenge to Zeus rule was made by the Giants. They went so far as to attempt to invade Mount Olympus, piling mountain upon mountain in an effort to reach the top.
But, the gods had grown strong and with the help of Heracles the Giants were subdued or killed.