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KARMANOR (Carmanor) was a Kretan demi-god of the harvest. He was a consort of the goddess Demeter and the father of Euboulos (Eubulus), demi-god of ploughing, Khrysothemis (Chrysothemis), demi-goddess of the harvest-festival, and Akakallis (Acacallis) "the Daffodil." His grand-daughter Karme (Carme) shared his name and function.

Karmanor's name means "the Shearer" from the Greek words karma "cropped" and keirô, "to crop or shear".

Karmanor was perhaps identified with Iasion, the Samothrakian consort of Demeter who was sometimes also located in Krete.


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EUBOULOS, KHRYSOTHEMIS (Pausanias 2.30.3 , 10.7.2 & 10.16.5)


CARMA′NOR (Karmanôr), a Cretan of Tarrha, father of Eubulus and Chrysothemis. He was said to have received and purified Apollo and Artemis, after they had slain the monster Python, and it was in the house of Carmanor that Apollo formed his connexion with the nymph Acacallis. (Paus. ii. 7. § 7, 30. § 3, x. 16. § 2, 7. § 2; comp. Müller, Dor. ii. 1. § 5, 8. § 11.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 30. 3 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The Kretans (Cretans) say, the story of Aphaia (Aphaea) [Britomartis] is Kretan, and that Karmanor (Carmanor), who purified Apollon after he killed Pytho, was the father of Euboulos (Eubulus)."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 7. 2 :
"Khrysothemis (Chrysothemis) of Krete (Crete), whose father Karmanor (Carmanor) is said to have purified Apollon."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 16. 5 :
"On the mountains of Krete (Crete) there is still in my time a city called Elyros (Elyrus). Now the citizens sent to Delphoi a bronze goat, which is suckling the babies, Phylakides (Phylacides) and Philanderos. The Elyrians say that these were children of Apollon by the nymph Akakallis (Acacallis), and that Apollon mated with Akakallis in the house of Karmanor (Carmanor) in the city of Tarrha."




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