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The village Konia is located at a distance of 3 km east of the city of Pafos and at an average altitude of 190 meters. It neighbours with the villages Anavargos in the NW, Armou in the NE, Marathounta in the East, and Geroskipou in the South. According to one version, the village took its name from the word "konnos" that means "argil" (potter's clay), something however that is not valid because the tracts of loamy land in the village's region are very few. According to a ...
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Kouklia is a village of the district of Pafos and lies at a distance of about 16 kilometres from the city of Pafos. It is built at an average altitude of 85 meters in the coastal plain of Pafos, north of the central highway of Limassol - Pafos, where -according to mythology -the goddess of Beauty and Love, Aphrodite, emerged. Kouklia receives an average annual rainfall of about 420 millimetres; grapevines (wine-making and table grape varieties), ...
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The ancient said that Paphos was the navel of the earth as the Delphi. They meant that the holy altar of Venus of Palaipaphos was so much important as the holy altar of Apollon at Delphi. From 1200 B.C the Palaipaphos was a big religious center that became with time a place of adoration for crowds of faithful people , not only from all the places of Cyprus, but also from other countries of the Mediterranean.The residents of Paphos and particularly those at Kouklia ...
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The Northeastern Gate of Palaipaphos possessed a dominating position above the city at the hill of Markellos and it constituted one of the bulwarks of the ancient fortifications. It is found near the street to the village Arhimandita, at a distance of 600 meters from the village. At the sides of the Gate, recent excavations brought in the light complicate works that give live pictures of its technical siege at the antiquity and they lend uniqueness in the space of ...
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Cyprus Articles [ Which witchcraft is illegal in Cyprus? ]

Which witchcraft is illegal in Cyprus?


I have been moved to write to you after my husband and I witnessed a horrific incident a few weeks ago. It has been preying on my mind ever since and especially in the light of the ridiculous arrest of poor Wilf Truscott.

About 7am on Sunday morning, we were taking our usual walk around Peyia village. As we turned into the little churchyard of Panayias Zalakiotissas this shocking sight met our eyes: a Cypriot man had just begun what we believed to be the slaughter of a goat (with nothing sharper than a knife you would use to butter bread)!

The blood had just started to flow and the man was busy making the sign of the cross with it on the foreheads of another couple standing by, his own forehead and the goat’s while the poor beast rolled its eyes heavenwards. The man even said ‘Kalimera’ as we passed.

I understand that Wilf Truscott, who has all the necessary licences and permits for his business, is being charged under the suspicion of practising witchcraft. I have never met Mr Truscott but I have heard that he is an excellent clairvoyant and I am sure he has given great comfort and hope to many people with his gift. By the way, the Oxford English Dictionary defines clairvoyance as “exceptional insight”.

I would also like to point out that in civilised countries, the ritual slaughter of animals in churchyards is immediately and most definitely associated with black witchcraft and devil worship. Whilst you would not be prosecuted for such beliefs, as they are your own business, you would certainly be charged with cruelty to animals with the full force of the law.

One wonders whether Mr Truscott is to be strapped to a ducking stool or burned at the stake under the Cypriot justice system?

While he waits to hear, perhaps he could locate the man with the goat and find out how witchcraft is really done!

E. Stansfield

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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