mercredi 25 janvier 2012

Greece: Mount Athos, a Heritage of Humanity forbids women!

In May 2008, the first thousand years, women have entered the sanctuary of the monasteries of Mount Athos (Holy Mountain) in northern Greece.
When the monks discovered the intruders accompanied by a man, they alerted the police who immediately detained them at the police station on the island.
The police said that four illegal immigrants come from Moldova arrived there by chance without knowing that this high place of the Orthodox Church were forbidden to "women of any kind whatsoever."
The five parties have explained things the Turkish coast on board a smuggler Ukrainian and they paid 4,000 euros each to get well and return to Greece in the European Union.
Mount Athos, near the Aegean Sea is an area that has a total of twenty Orthodox Christian monasteries, the oldest date from the tenth century. About 2.200 monks live in 20 monasteries. Monks Athonite Hagiorites dependent of the Patriarch of Constantinople.
The "Holy Mountain" is a prefecture of the Republic of Greece which enjoys a special status: the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos whose territory is divided among twenty monasteries in forming a theocratic community as independently confirmed by international law the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.
All other monastic establishments (cenobitic communities or villages called sketes, Kelli or houses) are under the control of one of the twenty monasteries, and can claim the title of the monastery.
The rule of abaton, even the presence of any female animal is prohibited except on Mount Athos chickens, fresh eggs which are necessary for cooking and the manufacture of paints icons.
Any person infringing this law of the Greek Constitution is liable to one year in prison. It seems that women disguised as men have already introduced on Mount Athos.
Feminists argue for the lifting of the ban sexist and in January 2008, a women's group briefly violated the sanctuary ... Mount Athos is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 1988.

         Since November 15, 2009, UNESCO is led by the Bulgarian, Irina Gueorguieva Bokova which according to the rule abaton, simply does not have the right to pollute by his presence, the sacred land of Mount Athos.

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