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Throughout the history of ancient Greece religion was a mix of different ideas from different cultures and different regions This often led to some misunderstandings and confusion about certain deities and practices These misunderstandings sometimes opened doors to new ideas and new dimensions in Greek religion The story behind the name Linus is one such case of misunderstanding leading to a new facet of Greek religion The misunderstanding began when Greek travelers moved through the area of Phoenicia around harvest time Loud cries in the form of a chant could be heard coming from the fields These chants must have impressed the Greek travelers so much so that when they arrived home they felt compelled to make up an explanation for the chant The one word most easily distinguished by the Greeks seems to have been Linou or ai Linou The Greeks interpreted this to mean woe to Linos This was the beginning of the misinterpretation but as most stories do the story of Linus would grow bigger The meaning of the chant of the harvesters in Phoenicia was easily enough guessed at by the Greeks but it left some questions Who was this Linus and why were all the field workers mourning him Greek mythology is a history of explaining the unexplained so of course the Greeks also came up with an explanation of the mournful cry They explained it thus Linus was a youth who was raised by a shepherd and then torn to pieces by the shepherds dogs This story borrows somewhat from the story of an Egyptian youth named Maneros He too died an untimely death and his name and story also came from a misinterpreted harvest lament The page 2 Greeks seemed to accept this story and it has a small place in Greek mythology But as has already been stated the Greeks based their story on a misunderstanding So what was the truth behind the harvesters cry The Greeks
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