Among other venerated Saints in Cyprus, a special place is given to Mamas, whose fate was quite difficult, full of torments and trials. According to legend, Mamas was born in prison, and his whole life was spent during the harsh, fanatical persecution of Christians. Mamas could have lost his life in early childhood, when angry guards threw him into the sea with a stone around his neck. it is not known what miracle happened, but mamas was able to survive and swim out of the sea, after which he did not go back to the people, but remained to live in a small cave found away from cities and villages. mamas could communicate with birds and animals, appreciated nature and admired it. Over time, the young man missed people and decided to return to them. This decision led him to new trials, and eventually to his death.
In those years, adherents of the Christian faith were subjected to severe persecution and bullying. Among them was Mamas, who was close to the principles of Christianity. Among other citizens, Mamas was imprisoned, where he was subjected to grueling tortures, which, however, did not convince him to renounce his faith. As a result, Mamas was executed, and the coffin with his body was thrown into the sea. No matter how they tried to get rid of Mamas, even after his death, his body found rest only on this island. The coffin with the body did not float away into the sea, but returned to the shore, it was found by residents of the city of Guzelyurt and tried to drag it away from the sea. At first it was easy to carry the coffin, but suddenly it was just too heavy. Considering such changes as a sign from above, the body was decided to be buried in that place. According to legend, it was there that the church of St. Mamas later appeared.
Curiously, Saint Mamas is considered the patron saint of those who do not pay taxes. And the following story led to this. One day, the guards seized Mamas and took him to the governor to decide what punishment he would face for non-payment of taxes. On the way, they saw a lion mauling a lamb that had been killed. To the surprise of the guards, Mamas was not only not afraid of the lion, but also tamed it without even entering into a fight with it. As a result, Mamas crossed the city gate, sitting on the king of beasts. Everyone was surprised by this picture, and the governor refused to meet with Mamas, and did not demand taxes from him.