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Anemoi

September 25, 2014

Today is a no hunting day. Hunting on Symi happens on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first day of hunting was on the 16th September and happened to be a no hunting day. It lasts for one month, and as far as I am aware only the shooting of chukars or red legged partridges is allowed. We have had strong winds nearly everyday since the 16th and I can't imagine that's particularly good for hunting. It's certainly not much good for bird watching but perhaps better for the partridges! 

That said, here is a piece about the winds, Anemoi.  Today the wind is a force 6. The Beaufort scale describes a force 6 as; "22-27 knots; larger waves 8-13ft, whitecaps common, more spray; larger tree branches moving, whistling in wires."

The Anemoi were the gods of the four directional winds, Boreas, the North-

Wind, Zephyros, the West-Wind, Notos the South-Wind and Euros the East-

Wind. They were closely connected with the seasons: Boreas was the cold

breath of winter, Zephyros the god of spring breezes and Notos the god of

summer rain-storms.

The Wind-Gods were represented as either winged, man-shaped gods or

horse-like divinities which grazed the shores of the river Okeanos or were

stabled in the caverns of Aiolos Hippotades, "the Horse-Reiner," king of the

winds.

Homer and Hesiod distinguish the four seasonal Anemoi (Winds) from the

Anemoi Thuellai, (Storms-Winds and Hurricanes). The latter were housed in

the caverns of Aiolos or the pit of Tartaros where they were guarded by the

Hekatonkheires. Later authors, however, blurred the distinction between the

two.

The female counterparts of the Anemoi were the Aellai Harpyiai (or Harpies).

Mating, with these they sired swift, immortal horses.

Names of Anemoi

Eight Wind-Gods were depicted on the Tower of the Winds in Athens dating

from the 1st B.C. They were:--

Boreas. The god of the North-Wind is depicted with shaggy hair and beard,

with a billowing cloak and a conch shell in his hands.

Kaikias. The god of the North-East Wind is represented as a bearded man

with a shield full of hail-stones.

Apeliotes. The god of the East Wind appears as a clean-shaven man holding

a cloak full of fruit and grain.

Euros. The god of the South-East Wind who is sculpted as a bearded man

holding a heavy cloak.

Notos. The god of the South Wind pours water from a vase.

Lips. The God of the South-West Wind is represented holding the stern of a

ship.

Zephyros. God of the West-Wind is depicted as a beardless youth scattering

flowers from his mantle.

Skiron. The god of the North-West is a bearded man tilting a cauldron,

signifying the onset of winter.

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