Here’s a Burger Bite of 5 things that made Delphi such a mysterious and hypnotic place that cast an undeniable spell on Western Civilization over 1,000 years:
- At Delphi, the oracle was called the Pythia — named for the Python, a serpent whose rotting carcass was considered the source of a mind-altering vapor emitted there after being slain by the god Apollo.
- The Pythia sat and delivered her cryptic oracles on a tripod seat over the crack in the rock where the toxic mist – called pneuma – leaked out.
- The oracle only dispensed prophecies on the seventh day of each of the nine warm months of the year, when Apollo was believed to dwell there.
- Because of its mystical features, Delphi was designated the “omphalos” (navel of the world) and influenced Western civilization for over 1,000 years.
- Before recorded history and the reign of the Pythia, a legendary prophetess called the Sibyl is said to have dispensed oracles from a rock at the site of the omphalos after the fabled Trojan War.
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller
- Delphi: Goats to Gods (chriseverheart.com)