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Fir-Greek Fir.
In modern times it is known as the most suitable Christmas tree. But what do Greek myths narrate?†Ancient Greeks called the Fir-tree "Pitys"†and together with the pine-tree they were god Pan sacred trees.


Pan was once in love with a nymph called Pity. The god of the North wind was also attracted to Pity, but the nymph chose Pan over him. The god of the North wind, insulted, blowed her over a gorge and killed her. Pan found her lifeless body laying in the gorge and turned her into his sacred tree, the Fir-tree. Ever since, every time the North wind blows, the nymph cries. Her tears are the pitch droplets that leak out of the fir-cones in autumn.
According to tradition, Cyparissos was a handsome young man from the island of Kea, the son of Telefus and grand son of Hercules.  He was god Apollo's protege as well as of god Zephiros (god of the wind).  His beloved company was a holy deer.  However on some summer day while the deer was lying in the sun, Cyparissos mistakenly killed it with his spear.  The young man, in despair, wished that he was dead as well.  He asked the heavens for a favour; that his tears would roll down eternally.  The gods turned him into a cypress tree, the tree of sorrow.  Ever since, the cypress tree is considered as a mourning tree and has been planted in cemetaries until now.
It is said that this flower was named after the wise Centaur Chiron, mentor of Asclepius, Achilleas, Jason, and Apollo.  During the Titan war, Hiron took Herculesí side in his battle against the centaurs.  But Hercules, by mistake, wounded Hironís foot with an arrow full of Hydra poison.  Chiron used the "Centaurea" plant in order to heal his wound.






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