Along time ago there was a husband and a wife who dearly loved
each other called Marditsa and Giannaki. One day they were walking on the
road and Giannaki grew thirsty, "Marditsa", he said "I
must drink I am very thirsty". At this time Marditsa and Giannaki
were crossing a small river, but this river was magical who so ever drank
from it would become a goat, "No, you must not drink from this
river Giannaki or you will become a goat.", said Marditsa.
Giannaki with all his thirst did not listen to his wife and drank from the
river and turned into a goat. With great sadness Marditsa led her
During this time a great feast was occurring in the village, and
the king seeing such a magnificent goat following Marditsa ordered it to be
cooked in his honor. Marditsa in all her sadness did not eat at the
feast, but rather she collected the bones of her husband to bury them.
When Marditsa got home after the feast she buried
the bones near her house to remember her husband. Immediately where
her husband's bones had
been buried a most beautiful tree sprouted with untold fruit.
Soon the cruel king heard of this and went to eat the fruit
of the tree but try as he tried to reach the fruit the tree would spread its branches and not let the
king eat from the tree. When Marditsa came to eat from the fruit of the tree
tree would bend down its branches and provide the fruit to her. When the king
saw this he grew very angry and ordered the tree to be cut down and made
into firewood for the villagers. Marditsa then took a piece of firewood and
made a beautiful cane to remember her husband. This cane quickly became magical and would do
anything Marditsa wished. No matter how hard anyone tried no one could
ever separate Marditsa from Giannaki.. nor can anyone separate true
Origin: Central Greece-The Island of Evia.