The Word Kauris

The word KAURIS comes from the name of the cowry shell (cyproea) and evokes the island where legend says they were first discovered. This island, which we now call Cyprus, was consecrated to the goddess Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty).

Since the 11th century, the Kauris (cyproea moneta) has fascinated the people of East Africa, the Mediterranean and Asia, as an important symbol of: