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Tsada is a mountainous village of Pafos's District, in the geographical region of the wine-producing villages of Limassol – Pafos. The community is situated at an average altitude of 600 meters and receives an average annual rainfall of around 610 millimeters. Since very old times viticulture has been the main occupation and the basic source of income for most of the community's inhabitants. Apart from the vines, cereals, forage plants, carobs, olive-trees, walnut and almond trees, a few fruit-trees (apple, ...
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Anogyra is situated halfway between Limassol and Paphos ans it is only a 30 minutes drive from Limassol. A small winding lane leading westwards from Evdhimou village takes you to the village. The journey takes you past deeply cut ravines and gnarled carob and olive trees and as the road swings upwards in a steep bend you are rewarded with the stunning view towards the Episkopi coast. You are some 470km above the sea level and only 10 km from the blue sea. Around the next bend you come to the village’s spring ...
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About twenty kilometres north of the city of Limassol, at an altitude of 410 meters above sea level, stands Apsiou. The river Garyllis flows at the foot of the village. The gardens that surround the village, with the vines across, mixed with the olive and locust trees as well as the forest that's north-east, compose a unique picturesque landscape. Apsiou is connected by road to the main Limassol - Kalo Chorio road in the west, with Louvara in the north, with Fasoula in the ...
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The ancient theatre of Kourion stands on the south end of the steep seashore of Kourion. It consists of a semi-circular orchestra that was fenced on the side of the sea by the decorative facade of the stage's structure, which elevated behind the foreground (proscenium) where the performances took place. Only the foundations are extant from that segment. In the cove of the theatre stood the tiers, one row over the other, admitting 3500 viewers. An arched corridor, around the back ...
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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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