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The village of Arsos is one of the biggest wine producing villages in Cyprus. It lies 40 kilometres from Limassol and 45 kilometres from Paphos It is built on the slopes of Laona mountain, 1092 metres above sea level, with an open horizon on the Valley of the Diarizos River, as far as the sea of Paphos. Thanks to this geographical position, it enjoys a wonderful cool and dry climate in summer and attracts therefore hundreds of holidaymakers. There are two versions about its name. One says that it ...
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The -mixed population -village Prastio of the Limassol district stands at a distance of about 38 kilometres west of the city of Limassol. Because of its adjacency to the village Avdimou, it is known as "Prastio Avdimou". It is built at an average altitude of 380 metres and receives an average annual rainfall of about 540 millimetres. Forage plants, cereals, vines (table and wine-making varieties), carobs, and olive trees are cultivated in its region. Regarding transportation, Prastio connects with the ...
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According to tradition, the village Choletria has a life of about 500 years. The "Agia Eirene" (St. Irene) venue was the first area where Choletria was established in very old times, which is located very close to today's village. A half-ruined, small church, the rubbles of some houses, and an olive-press are still extant today in this venue. The main reason for abandoning the "Agia Eirene" venue was that it was placed upon a barrow across from the sea, that being a great disadvantage in that era; the Saracens ...
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Emba is an unmingled Greek village of the district of Paphos, in the geographical periphery of the littoral champaign of Paphos. It is situated approximately 4km north of Paphos city, in the route Paphos - Tala - Monastery of Saint Neophytos. The village is built at 135m above sea level. The build-up area has mainly grown along the main road crossing the village and leading to Paphos.The village already existed by the Byzantine era and it is known from the Frankish rule with ...
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Cyprus Articles [ Which witchcraft is illegal in Cyprus? ]

Which witchcraft is illegal in Cyprus?

Sir,

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
Paphos


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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