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The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.
In this article, we look at Carya and the myths and legends surrounding Carya, Carya relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.
Was in myth the daughter of a Laconian king, called Dion and Amphithea, who had treated Apollo well when he visited them, as a reward Apollo conferred the gift of prophecy upon their three daughters, Lyco, Ophe and Carya, on the condition that did not seek out forbidden things or betray the secrets of the gods. It came to pass that king Dion had a temple dedicated to Dionysus built, who later came to see it. When Dionysus attended he became besotted with Carya, but when her sisters tried to stop any intimacy between the pair, Dionysus turned Ophe and Lyco into stone, but Carya died suddenly at Caryae, and Dionysus turned her into a walnut tree. When Artemis informed the local people of Laconia what had happened, they built and dedicated a temple to Artemis Cayatis; the columns that supported the roof which were carved in the form of women were called Caryatids, the Laconian women performed circular dances in her honour at the yearly festival, in the hope of a plentiful harvest of walnuts, in which they were instructed by the Gemini twins the Dioscuri. See under, Car, Metis, and also Phyllis.