Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Day 66,Rhodes,Dodecanese, Greece

Oh, no, its raining...lets make a quick stop over Rhodes...which lies between Crete and the near East in the Aegean ocean. Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands.

Named the sun island or island of light there are hardly any days when the sun doesn't shine ....hmmm, we have had bad luck....

Nopi says that we have been kind of EVIL EYED.....

Please explain Nopi.

The belief in the Evil Eye is an ancient superstition that you will meet in many cultures: the countries around the Mediterranean sea, Arabia, Turkey and all the way to India.

The Evil Eye is a kind of negative power we all more or less carry within ourselves. If we stare too long on a person, animal or even an object we may inflict damage through this power. It is often totally unconsciously, but the staring in itself often comes from admiration or envy, which are perfect channels for the Evil Eye

The victim will suddenly get a headache, a dizzy spell, faint, fall ill or even die, depending on the Evil Eye's strength and the victims' susceptibility.

To get rid of the spell, you will have to find a person that can break it. Usually it is a woman, since this ability is traditionally passed on from mother to daughter.

The first thing she will have to do is to check if you really have been struck by the Evil Eye or if you just have a hangover or haven't had enough sleep. To do this, she will put a few drops of olive oil in a cup of holy water.

If the oil stays on the surface you are OK. Take an aspirin and go home. If the oil dissolves then you have been EVIL EYED (yes, it is a verb in Greek).

Now the spell must be broken. The person who will break it will read prayers, make crosses on your forehead and hands with the oil and water, do the cross-sign several times and sometimes stand quiet for a short while. Then the spell is broken and you feel fine.

The strength of the mind? Will power? Magic? Well, just in case, you can always take some measures to ward off the Evil Eye.

Even though the Orthodox church says that the only things that can really protect you are crucifixes and icons from monasteries and churches (as opposed to souvenir shops) and first and foremost true faith, many Greeks hang little blue eyes around their necks and wrists.

Blue stones are also good, since the colour blue is considered a protective colour. You can also hang garlic on your car, boat or house.

If you want to pay someone a compliment you can ward off the Evil Eye you might be sending by spitting three times at them. It won't give you a popularity price, but many believe it works!

Wow, Nopi, that is quite a story....but none of us are ill...we are just having bad weather......but let's buy some Nazar Boncugu bracelets as the Turks call it.....just to be on the safe side...... so now one will cast an evil eye on our journey....

By the way...did you know that the The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming the city into a stronghold?
It subsequently came under Turkish and Italian rule.
With the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights, the Upper Town is one of the most beautiful urban ensembles of the Gothic period.

In the Lower Town, Gothic architecture coexists with mosques, public baths and other buildings dating from the Ottoman period.

Very impressive monuments indeed...and deservedly a UNESCO WHS.

Let's hope that we are going to have glorious sunshine in our next port of call......then we will know that our blue beads are working its magic........

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