Κυριακή, 18 Αυγούστου 2013

Necromanteion, Acheron, Parga | One trek, an overnight stay camp, dozens of memories. part I

Walking into the river. An unforgetable experience.
It took us only one day and a half to do so many things, some of them for first time.
We woke up early in the morning to begin our trip from Agrinion, Greece. Our first destination was the Necromanteion, the ancient Greek temple of necromancy next to Acherontas river. And then we had a lot of things to do on schedule, arround the Acherontas river and a overnight stay to a camp close to Parga.
Join us to this trip.



By: Maria and Konstantina Konstantinou, Kate Alabasini

Necromanteion

Lots of interesting stories and mythological information have tracked our attention even before our arrival to the Necromanteion. We were at Mesopotamos, the village were the Necromanteion is, and we took the road up to the hill, looking forward to see more.
Right before the entance, a young man welcomed us ready to inform us about for the activities we could find later to the river banks. He gave us some brochures for horse riding, kayak and rafting. We passed the gate after we took our tickets (4 euros or free for the students) and start walk arround to the open rooms of the Necromanteion.
Arround the yard the storage spaces, the temple's rest rooms, the North corridor and the chaplains rooms gave us a taste of the era, when this place was full of people waiting to communicate with their deads.
We crossed the purification room and the East corridor, we took a good look at the great view and we entered the gate under the sign “Labyrinth”. The room was not as ominous as its name. Actually it bacame more and more interenting after every step. The best part was the underground (main) chamber. The arcade with the unique accoustic effect was as much mysterious as we hoped and with the low light was exactly the place that could make people feel like that could come in touch with an other spiritual level.

Mythology
Cirki says to Odysseus in an Odyssey's rhapsody:
Dock your ship to the edge of the ocean, with the endless swirls, and go to to the musty home of Hades. There to Acherontas, where Piriphlegethon and Kokitos, that stem from Stiga, end. Odysseus goes down to Hades to take the confirmation about the returning to his home place, Ithake, from the shade* of seer Tiresias. The witch shows to Odysseus how to summon the dead's souls. He must act a libation with honey-water, wine, water and flour. He will pray and promisse sacrifissials to the deads. Then he had to sacrifice a ram or sheep and the shade would appear to the river banks of Acherontas.
A dead's soul, ike Odysseus mother, should drink blood to escape from oblivion and give answers to the visitors.
The chaplains were responsible for every visitor's initiation. They tested them out by using psychological and physical straits into the humid chambers of the temple to learn their intentions.
Visitors could take their confirmation after they go through a specific procedure. They had to keep the comfirmation secret under the fear of death caused by an ungry god.

*Odysseus travels to the Underworld and makes the offerings according to Circe's instructions. The shades of the dead (shades = ghosts) gather to drink the blood (gross) and then talk to Odysseus.



Acheron

Our next destination was the beautiful river Acheron. The cold water was exactly the place we wanted to be after a few hours under the hot sun of Greece, but before that we desided to walk arround and see the river banks. We discovered some details of the place and the sign that guides visitors to the path that leads to Souli.
We enjoyed the breeze under the high trees and the sound of the river. The decision to dive into the cold water was taken only a few minutes later and we swam from the river's fountain to the bridge's direction. On our way we saw lots of beautiful scenes and details with the majestic gorge bending above our heads.

We will tell you more for our journey in a few days. We will tell you about our experiences, rafting, mountaineering and camping and show you more beautiful scenes from Greece.

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