Europa and the Bull
The photographs are mine, and the quotes are taken from Wikipedia.
The statue of Europa and the Bull is right in front of where the Black Swans Schnipsi and Herbert have their home. It is the last remaining water moat surrounding, about 200 meters, of the village. Not only do the black swans swim in it, but also carp, goldfish, and ducks join them.
“There were two competing myths relating how Europa came into the Hellenic world, but they agreed that she came to Crete (Kríti), where the sacred bull was paramount. In the more familiar telling she was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a bull, who breathed from his mouth a saffron crocus and carried her away to Crete on his back — to be welcomed by Asterion, but according to the more literal, euhemerist version that begins the account of Persian-Hellene confrontations of Herodotus, she was kidnapped by Cretans, who likewise were said to have taken her to Crete. The mythical Europa cannot be separated from the mythology of the sacred bull, which had been worshipped in the Levant. In 2012, an archaeological mission of the British Museum led by Lebanese archaeologist, Claude Doumet Serhal, discovered at the site of the old American school in Sidon, Lebanon currency that depicts Europa riding the bull with her veil flying all over like a bow, further proof of Europa’s Phoenician origin.”
“The name Europe, as a geographical term, was used by Ancient Greek geographers such as Strabo to refer to part of Thrace below the Balkan Mountains. Later, under the Roman Empire the name was given to a Thracian province.”
“It is derived from the Greek word Eurōpē (Εὐρώπη) in all Romance languages, Germanic languages, Slavic languages, Baltic languages, Celtic languages, Iranian languages, Uralic languages (Hungarian Európa, Finnish urooppa, Estonian Euroopa).”
In these crazy times, all over the world, Europa and the Bull had better stay on the alert to the oil and gas imports, hunger, climate change, inflation, refugees, senseless wars, pandemics, cost of living, girl-schooling, burkas, Black Lives Matter, gender identity, culture wars, democracy vs. autocracy, Germany supplying America with military airplanes baby formulas, . . . and many more crazy things.
This story is published two weeks after the anniversary of the foundation of the “European Coal and Steel Community,” on May 9th 1950, the predecessor to the European Union.