Friday, January 30, 2009
A Lithuanian legend tells of Jurata, the queen of the mermaids,who lived in an amber palace. She fell in love with a mortal,the fisherman Kastytis and took him beneath the waves to live with her in her palace. This so angered Perkunas the thunder god, that he hurled a thunderbolt which destroyed her palace and killed her love. Not content with this, he chained her to the ruins of her palace where she continually weeps tears of amber.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Phaeton son of Helios was not able to control the sun god's chariot when he took the reins without permission - scorching the earth. Zeus hurled a thunderbolt - destroying the chariot and killing Phaeton whose body fell into the sea. His sisters gathered at the water and wept for their brother. Zeus, unable to bear their lamentation turned them into poplar trees ringing the shore.
Even as trees they continued to weep. Their tears were transformed into amber.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Monday, January 5, 2009
Hamadryads are Greek mythological beings that live in trees. Hamadryads are born bonded to a specific tree. If their tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For this reason dryads and the gods punished any mortals who harmed trees.
Friday, January 2, 2009
A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. Two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four.