An expression we hear often and often when something scares us. What might that mean and how did it come about? At the time of the Persian wars, Salamis, or more precisely a part of it near today's Ambelakia, was called Koulouris. However, the time and the tendency of the names to become corrupted in later years have changed the name Koulouris to Koulouris.
So when, in those old days, there were signs of a barbaric invasion of Athens and its vicinity, it was something like today's “evacuation” of the civilian population. The women and children were fleeing for safety to Salamis. That is, all souls — except the warriors — were in serious danger of going to Koulouri. There are the following variations on the toponym “Koulouri” and the use of the word “my soul”. It is said that the word Koulouri means the whole island of Salamis and that the word comes from the shape of the island which is like a bun.
Also usually “my soul” parents say their child and others again their favorite faces. So the children and the dear ones fled to Koulouris with the appearance of danger, which is why the word soul is used in the expression, thus having the double meaning, the beloved person and the breath of life that is in danger of being lost in cases of great danger. The Dictionary of Popular Wisdom-Takis Natsioulis