National Geographic : 1953 Mar
Rhodes City Sets Windmill Sails to Catch Not the Breeze but the Traveler's Eye Electricity having proved more reliable than wind, these old towers fly their sails only for effect (page 363). But old-style mills still do a job on small islands lacking power. In Lindos we found a house built hundreds of years ago and still occupied by descend ants of the original owners. An 80-year-old matriarch welcomed us at the door (page 386). Beautiful plates, many of them the famous Lindos ware, covered the walls of her home; some were of 17th-century workmanship. The city's pottery has been admired since the 16th century, when according to one legend Persian potters en route to work for the Sultan were shipwrecked near by. They found suitable clay near the city and settled there. The family's eldest daughter, a widow in her fifties, proudly showed us the dowry she had brought her husband 30 years before. From a huge chest she drew dozens of hand spun linen sheets and stacks of towels, cur- tains, tablecloths, and dress materials, all delicately embroidered. John pointed out that a Dodecanese bride retains title to her dowry. With household furniture and treasured plates it is handed down to her eldest daughter. Visiting Embona, an ancient village on the island's western side, we passed hundreds of white-sailed windmills. Around them were rich irrigated fields of vegetables and grain. Oracle Warned of Tragedy Embona's villagers were dressed in gaily colored costumes, men and women alike wear ing soft knee-length leather boots (page 365). When we remarked that we were reminded of holiday dress on Crete, John told us the legend of Embona's founding.