Tuesday, July 5, 2016
100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go: Kandylakia
Chapter 99: Roadside Shrines and the Goddesses Who Tend Them
As you wend your way along the often steep and cliff hanging roads that hug the Greek coastline, you will surely notice myriad tiny shrines, known as kandylakia, that dot the way. These shrines are usually erected at the site where someone died in a car or motorcycle accident, a chilling reminder to drive carefully.
They can be dedicated to saints, such as Saint Theodosios,
or Saint Ephraim, among many others.
I've always been fascinated by what people leave inside these mini chapels and wondered who - if anyone - tends to them. In the past, I've found packs of cigarettes and bottles of ouzo - for what reason I'm not sure! But usually you will find a lit candle, along with a bottle of oil, icons and portraits of favorite saints
such as Nicholas, Constantine and Helen.
Most of all, I marvel at the beauty these kandylakia overlook,
and once was fortunate enough to - finally - capture
a woman lovingly tending to her personal roadside shrine.