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The history

Due to the lack of relevant texts, especially for the very ancient periods, the information about the Great Goddess of Cyprus is mainly based on the study of clay or picrolith and limestone figurines, and for the later periods, on the study of limestone statues and statuettes, which show the evolution of the image and identity of the goddess over the millennia. Idols, placed in tombs, shrines and private homes, had an important role in ancient religions. Many interpretations have been suggested: they may have been depictions of the goddess or her priestesses or her sacred servants or even attendants of the dead, amulets used to protect the dead, stimulate fertility or simply for good luck. Later, they were depictions of devotees, musicians, or simply believers. Certainly they were objects of worship that functioned as a connecting link between divinity and mortals.

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