• Short Summary

    EACH YEAR TWO IMPORTANT DATES OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH ARE CELEBRATED ON THE ISLAND OF KEFALONIA, IN THE IONIAN SEA.

  • Description

    EACH YEAR TWO IMPORTANT DATES OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH ARE CELEBRATED ON THE ISLAND OF KEFALONIA, IN THE IONIAN SEA. ON MONDAY, THOUSANDS WERE AT THE TINY VILLAGE OF MARKOPOULO TO SEE THE "THE SNAKES OF THE VIRGIN MARY".
    THE SNAKES APPEAR AT A HALF-RUINED CHURCH DEDICATED TO MARY, THE HOLY VIRGIN, ONCE EVERY YEAR, AND ON THE DAY OF THE HOLY VIRGIN.
    THE VILLAGERS BELIEVE THAT IF THE SNAKES FAIL TO APPEAR THEY WILL SUFFER A CATASTROPHE, AND THEY RECALL THE YEAR 953 WHEN VIOLENT EARTHQUAKES SHOOK KEFALONIA AND NEARBY ISLANDS. THEY SAY THE SNAKES THEN FAILED TO APPEAR.
    ON TUESDAY, THE ISLANDERS FORMED A HUGE PROCESSION IN THE CENTRE OF KEFALONIA FOR THE CELEBRATION OF SAINT GERASIMOS.
    THOUSANDS OF SICK PEOPLE LAY IN THE PATH OF THE PROCESSION FOR THE EMBALMED BODY OF SAINT GERASIMOS, IN A SILVER CASKET, TO PASS OVER THEM.
    THE SICK ATTRIBUTE THE BODY WITH MIRACULOUS TO CURE THEM OF THEIR DISEASES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7BPBJ8LXAKQ236Z4XC918E303
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BPBJ8LXAKQ236Z4XC918E303
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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