The Mystery of Delphyne and the Tears of Apollon

I am pleased to share this wonderfully insightful piece from Daphne Kyrene on her excellent ‘Lykeia of Apollon’ (‘Beloved in Light’) blog: It covers the mythical relationship between Apollon, Delphyne/Python and the legend of Helios, Phaethon and the Heliades.

Beloved in Light

Apollon came to land in the cradle of Mt Parnassos, and there he set up his temple. The first temple of myth was made from cuttings of laurel branches, the second incarnation of the temple of beeswax and feathers that was said to have been born away to Hyperborea by a wind, the third of Bronze which was said to have been swallowed by the earth. Two more temples are attributed to Apollon of human construction. Yet Apollon set the foundation of his own temple, and in doing so it said in myth that he came into confrontation with the dragoness Delphyne. The Homeric hymn stated that she was a bane to herds, a predatory creature, thus as the nature of the dragon. Yet Apollon is named Delphinios that is not only related to the dolphin in the form of which that he brought his priests to Delphi (although ancient…

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