monster that petrified
Those who happened to pass from the central road of Ag.Marina-Platanias in
days with bad weather have surely seen the waves break at the shores of
the deserted island Thodorou. But those who have passed from this road in
days with good weather have
witnessed the beauty of the Cretan Land. It is worth to see the island in
both ways in order to understand its troubled/turbulent history, the
legends, as well as its everyday life.
to the tradition, years ago this island didn't exist. The only thing that
someone could see was the open sea. The residents were living happily
until a sea monster decided to lacerate them.
The people of the village were sleeping when suddenly they heard the
roaring of the monster. Panic-stricken they were looking at the sea
without being able to see what was going on. With the sunrise they saw the
huge black bulk of the monster coming to the seashore. The sea was
trembling and the residents were wishing that this would be a simple
nightmare. Unfortunately the monster was real as well as its baby that was
following its mother.
Suddenly the young men took their weapons in order to kill monster. After
a while the rest of the men followed them at the seashore throwing their
arrows against the monster but without any success. The rest of the
village's inhabitants that weren't in position to offer any kind of help,
were watching from the end of the village. As soon as the monster took
notice of their presence, it roared and opened its mouth widely as if it
wanted to tear them into pieces. At that crucial time the men went back
with the other residents.
the monsters were coming, the women bend to their knees and were praying
to the Mother of God and St.George to help them. Then a miracle happened
and the two monsters petrified.
The big monster is called Thodorou and its baby is following. The big hole
by the side is not a cave, it's just the monster's mouth that didn't have
a change to close before the Mother of God and St.George petrified it.
This island has always been deserted, so the residents of Crete decided to
call it Akoito, a place not suitable for human establishment. Only when in
the 1574 the venetians build two fortresses, did the island gather many
people. The first at the top of the island and the other, that they named
Thodorou a little bit lower. The island became a military base in order to
prevent the Turkish army to land at the Bay of Platanias. But 70 men
didn't have the power to stop the enemy.
At 1645 the Turks attacked and within a few hours the war reached Chania.
Then the 70 men who were in no position to resist the attack, gathered at
the highest fortress with their commander and blew up themselves so that
they wouldn't have to surrender. After that everything went back to normal
and no one ever lived in that island apart from wild animals.
Maybe the whole story was a figment of the resident's imagination and the
beast that was threatening to eat the island of Crete never has been real.
Such things never really happened. Other things did happen though. From
this sea didn't come one, but many other monsters in past times. The
people of Crete cried too many times and prayed to god to save them from
the corsairs and pirates, the Turks and from many more dangers. Those were
the real monsters that from time to time reached the seashore. And the
young men probably didn't have to fight with such a monster but in reality
they fought against many other conquerors.
Therefore it's not possible for those who pass from this area and listen
to the sound of the waves not to bring in their minds the torments and the
legends of Crete that are more real that the reality itself.