Cozied Up



Old entry updated on November 10, 2012.

The same things over again, just a few newer thoughts…

Roof over our heads for the winter in Ikaria
So again I am taken in to spend the winter
and again I hope this old roof  above our heads holds, because if not,
I and my friend Elina Picking Olives 1
who I have been picking olives with, will have to find a shelter, something maybe like this.
an eventuality that’s making us laugh and think about the life of one of the patron saints of this island, Saint Theoktisti of Lesbos, an ascet whose adventurous life you can read in Paros life magazine in two issues: St. Theoktisti (part i) and St. Theoktisti (part ii) She seemed to be an Aegean version of St Mary of Egypt
Saint Mary, also known as Maria Aegyptica
so the icons testify
Poor little thing, she had escaped the pirates and she was living in the forests (!!!) of Paros all naked and wild, trusting only to God until near the end of her life she was discovered by a pious hunter who gave her a christian burial. Later her bones were considered holly and miraculous and they somehow ended up in Ikaria.
After the proliferate, here’s the asceticAbout the old convent that those bones were kept (until they disappeared and probably hidden somewhere for safety) Eleni has written a few lines in her blog long ago but they are still valid:
(At Theoskepasti, the old mushroom shaped chapel of St Theoktisti in Ikaria) «…the natural, human and divine connect and there are some typical Ikarian concepts involved too, such as balance (the rock), poverty (obvious), economy (obvious too), integration and harmony with nature (though it’s by no means small, you can’t see it until you are actually there). So I’d call this a “lowlight” an Ikarian highlight!«
.Devil's nuns Ikaria
Anyway, I hope that we won’t become too ascetic this year or any other year. It’s as thorny here as to make any serious ascet envious…
Yet Immortality will have to wait.Skywatcher
And (though it’s tempting) we won’t be Miss Anielas either

We’d better repair that roof the soonest possible ’cause our boyfriends are coming to visit!!!


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  1. Angelos Ka said

    Σας θαυμάζω παλιοκόριτσα!
    Πρέπει να βρεθούμε! Σε ένα θρησκευτικό βιβλίο που μου χάρισαν, διάβασα κι έμαθα που βρίσκονται τα οστά της Οσίας Θεοκτίστης της Λεσβίας!


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    • .
      Να πάμε να τα πάρουμε, θα βγάλουμε πολλά λεφτά! Μπα δεν νομίζω… Δεν ήταν φίρμα. Ήταν όμως πολύ γλυκιά η καημένη.


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  2. Eleni said

    Does it have to do with blood pressure?


    It’s interesting how frequent kneeling and climbing on trees brings about wonderful fantasies to sensitive, lonely and hard working souls in a wild natural setting.
    You are not the first, you know, to get on board. By now, having done a bit of research on the matter, I think I am able to say that the new ideas that swept Ikaria after 1930, ideas about earthly salvation that put the weight on the political and the social,

    Sergeant Lieutenant Olga Malachias

    have shadowed the island’s religious,

    there's always a chapel 5


    Stone home


    and ascetic past

    Ikaria 51

    Μονη Παναγια Μαυριανου

    which remained stronger in other islands of the Aegean that didn’t become so ‘political’ as Ikaria in the middle of the last century

    Forgive my seriousness. I’d rather see you laugh at me because I am still and always a *cryptochristian* :O
    I just wanted to say, more for the sake of Elina who is new in the cult, that you girls are pioneers. Your fantasy is the healthiest without pomp and hypocricy, moreover it’s one of the oldest in that ancient wild world!

    All the love and support from me to you!
    The roof will hold, at least untill I come, and if there is a problem, the boys will fix it. Meanwhile, don’t forget to cozy up when it’s too cold outside…



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