Goddess Carya  

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THE WALNUT COMES FROM AN ORNAMENTAL TREE AND IS HIGHLY PRIZED FOR ITS BEAUTY, AND THE PRE-HELLENIC SETTLERS PERCEIVED THE FORCE OF NATURE IN THE TREES OF WHICH THEIR GODDESSES WERE EMBODIED. "CARYA", "THE LADY OF THE NUT TREE", IS A MAIDEN GODDESS. SHE WAS ONE OF THE THREE DAUGHTERS OF THE LACONIAN KING, "DION". THE OTHER DAUGHTERS WERE TURNED TO STONE FOR HAVING WATCHED TOO CLOSELY THEIR SISTER HAVING INTERCOURSE WITH HER LOVER.

"CARYA'S" STORY IS VERY SHORT. WHEN "DIONYSUS "VISITED THE COURT, HE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER, BUT SHE DIED VERY SUDDENLY SOON THEREAFTER BEFORE THEY COULD MARRY. " DIONYSUS" WAS HEARTBROKEN ABOUT LOSING HIS LOVE, AND TRY AS HE MIGHT, HE COULD NOT BRING HER BACK TO LIFE, SO INSTEAD HE IMMORTALIZED HER BY TURNING HER INTO A FERTILE WALNUT TREE. AND IT WAS BECAUSE "APOLLO" HAD GIFTED "CARYA "WITH CLAIRVOYANCE, THE "WALNUT TREE" BECAME AN ORACULAR TREE.

IT WAS "ARTEMIS" WHO BROUGHT THE SAD NEWS OF HER DEATH TO THE LACONIANS, AND A TEMPLE WAS BUILT AND DEDICATED TO "ARTEMIS CARYATIS. "IN TIME," CARYA" JUST AS "CALLISTO", LOST HER INDEPENDENT IDENTITY AS THE RELIGION OF THE GREAT "ARTEMIS" SWEPT OVER THE GREEK PROVINCES.

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