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Wirt Ghawdex study on status of Calypso Cave financed by Gozo Ministry

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Wirt Ghawdex study on status of Calypso Cave financed by Gozo MinistryThe Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has announced that the Ministry has signed an agreement with Wirt Ghawdex to finance the study about the status of Calypso Cave, as well as the interventions required to preserve this important site

Dr Caruana said that through this agreement, the Ministry for Gozo is sending a clear message that it “really cares about the cultural and natural heritage the island has to offer.”

“The interventions required to be carried out on this cave which is linked to Greek mythology, will ensure that it is not lost, and so preserving this place for public enjoyment,” said Minister Caruana.

The Minister said that the work on Calypso Cave is one of a number of projects identified for restoration in the coming period.

Wirt Ghawdex study on status of Calypso Cave financed by Gozo Ministry She praised the work of Wirt Ghawdex and assured them the support and collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo to identify more sites of historical importance, thereby ensuring that they are restored and preserved.

Giovanni Zammit, the Executive Secretary of Wirt Ghawdex augured that this collaboration continues to bear fruit through other planned projects.

Gozo, according to legend, was Homer’s isle of Ogygia, where the nymph Calypso held the Greek hero Odysseus as her “prisoner of love” for seven years.

It was also believed that Calypso Cave contained a complex labyrinth that extended all the way down to the sea level in some areas, however currently the cave is inaccessible to the public due to rock fall.

 

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    1. Dietmar Treptow says:

      So – realy ?
      You still believe that is the right Cave ?
      Nonsense ! When is the real cave on the other site of Ramla . In ” your ” Cave it is and was NOT posible to live in there . To small and uneven !!!

    2. anthony zammit says:

      I am very pleased that Wirt Ghawdex and the Hon Minister Juystyne Cuaruana has signed an agreement to finance the study about the status of Calypso Cave, We are very proud with the cultural and natural heritage of our island. Yes, even LEGENDS could be cultural and become heritage of a people! Dear Dietmar Treptow, we do not believe that it is the cave where the nymph Calypso held the Greek hero Odysseus as her “prisoner of love” for seven years but we just hold dear the LEGEND that this cave was branded (used) in a local legend where the nymph Calypso held the Greek hero Odysseus as her “prisoner of love” for seven years. It is propostourious to look for other caves as ‘the real cave’ for there were no real caves. If you ever went overseas you could visit the house of Romeo and Juliet, the tower where Rapunzel lowered her hair for the prince to climb up and many other Tales’ buildings. They never existed as they are realities of TALES, such is our Calypso Cave.

      Of course, the name of Calypso was given to Gozo many years ago when there were very few people who would have read Homer’s work. One of these readers must have associated Odysseus’s poem with Ramla Bay and the adjacent cave. He must have known that the poem was all fictional but the description given by Homer is so close to the Ramla site that he must have shared this wonderment with the community of that time so much so that it became a legend so strong that even Gozo was added with a new designation as the ‘Island of Calypso’ adding with the island of the ‘Three Hills’, and Gozo from Gaudos which is the Greek name of a small island on the south-western side of Crete. (It may be that the origin of the islands’ modern names is Greek and not Semitic. It seems probable that “Gaulos/Gaudos” was turned into “Ghawdex” and “Melita” into “Malta” by the Arabs. )

      If my hypothesis about the person who would have read Homer’s work and baptized Ghawdex as the island of Calypso would pose the question, why not The Island of Ogygia? Calypso was the goddess-nymph of the mythical island of Ogygia and a daughter of the Titan Atlas. I guess that such prominence on words could shift in Oral passing on of legends and because Calypso was described as an extremely beautiful lady, and although her father imprisoned her on Ogygia the Gozitans crowned her as their queen by calling their island after her, the Island of Calypso”. Things like this can easily happen in oral legends and are prone to happen.

      As I congratulate Mr. Giovanni Zammit for the great work he and his members are doing I hope other sites could be studied in the near future. We are told that in Victoria near tac-Cawla there is an older than Gigantija site waiting to be unearthed. There are some more like the circles in Xaghra and other temples like the one in Ghajnsielem entrance going to Qala. I wish that professional Cave researchers will be invited to study our caves especially in Xaghra. If we have the Gigantija Temples could we have had cave dwellers who lived in deep caves?

      Dear Dietmar Treptow Gozo, according to legend, …….,Read the information before entering the site, it clearly says that according to Legend!!! I sometimes get surprised and hurt by the easiness some jump on the comment wagon to criticize and try to belittle us locals as if they are some godsend professors who were dropped here to enlighten us.

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