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Stroumbi Village (Paphos, ...
Stroumbi Village (Paphos, Pafos)
Stroumbi is located about 15 kilometres north-east of Pafos. The village is built at an average altitude of 450 metres and receives an average annual rainfall of about 665 millimetres. Vines of mostly wine-making varieties, fruit-trees, almond, olive, and walnut trees are cultivated in its region. Regarding transportation, the village stands at about the middle of the route from Pafos (17 km.) to Polis Chrysochous (20 km.). The village's old position was found about one kilometre north of today's ...
Tala Village (Paphos, ...
Tala Village (Paphos, Pafos)
The village Tala is found in the district of Pafos, at a distance of 8 kilometers north of the city of Pafos, within a magical natural environment. In regards to transportation, the village connects to the monastery of “Agios Neofytos” in the northeast (about 2 kilometers), which is within its administrative boundaries. In the south it connects with the village Emba (about 4 kilometers) and from there on with the city of Pafos. The village is built at an average altitude of 280 meters. It has a general tilt from ...
The story of Agios ...
The story of Agios Neofytos and the holy monastery in Tala Village (Paphos, Pafos)
At a distance of about one thousand meters from the community of Tala lies the monastery of Agios Neofytos. The founder of the monastery, St. Neofytos, was born in Lefkara in 1134 from a poor and large family. At the age of 18 his parents got him engaged in spite of his wishes (in those days the marriage affairs were handled by the parents without asking the opinion of those that were about to be married). So St. neophytes abandoned the village and secretly went to the monastery of St. John “the Chrysostom” of ...
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!
(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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