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post Apr 28 2007, 07:10 PM
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On August 15 every year, in the village of Markopoulo in Kefalonia, hundreds if not thousands of snakes slither into a particular church and crawl all over the icon of the Virgin Mary, then they leave and disappear until the next year.

Thoughts on this mystery?
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post Apr 28 2007, 07:22 PM
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Proof the Orthodox Church is evil, according to Christian values. The serpents represent evil. Only evil can house evil laugh.gif

but seriously, around that time their food source probably migrates and they migrate with it - crossing the path of this particular building.


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post Apr 28 2007, 07:27 PM
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mini its funny you bring this up my gf was telling me about this yesterday and i was blown away i never heard of such things like this untill she told me i was skeptical about it but now that u bring this up it must have some truth to it i thought it was a mith nothing else its spooky but very holy at the same time. i believe in god and all hes doings even tho ive sinned more than the entire population of sydney its just a miracle in discise


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post Apr 29 2007, 06:42 PM
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The Church of the Virgin Mary Lagouvarda

Situated in the village of Markopoulos, the church of the Virgin Mary Lagouvarda was built on the site where a monastery that had been destroyed by the Turks used to stand. Legend says that in 1705 the monastery was attacked by pirates and the frightened nuns prayed the Virgin to turn them into snakes in order to escape from the cruelty of the pirates. Their prayers were answered and, at the sight of the snakes, the pirates run away; since then, the nuns-snakes return each year to the monastery, bringing good luck and prosperity to the village. This legend explains the phenomenon that happens every August the 15th, on the Virgin Mary’s feast day: a large number of harmless snakes come around the monastery just for this day and then disappear.

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wow that's interesting.. it's the first time of heard of it though.


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post Apr 30 2007, 10:18 AM
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I remember reading about this at Greek school when we were given an article about Kefalonia. I think it's amazing.


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post Apr 30 2007, 11:44 AM
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They show it every year on Ant1, the snakes crawl all over the people in the church, they're not even phased by them at all.

I have a theory that it has something to do with vibrations and other forces, but I haven't really looked into it too much, it's still in the preliminary stages....(leave my nerdiness alone!)
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iv seen heaps of videos on this, i think it just shows how holy the Virgin Mary is, its almost as if the snakes are comming to visit her at her church, and they are indeed harmless on this day.
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post Jul 26 2007, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE(ShOrTy @ Jul 26 2007, 06:09 PM) [snapback]101360[/snapback]

iv seen heaps of videos on this, i think it just shows how holy the Virgin Mary is, its almost as if the snakes are comming to visit her at her church, and they are indeed harmless on this day.


They're normally poisonous, but nobody has been bitten by these snakes on the day. Apparantly they also have a sign of a cross on their heads as well (there is a story behind that too, but I don't recall it at the moment)

As for a previous comment that the snake is a symbol of 'evil', that's completely false. The church never teaches that the snake is evil, and God never created the snake to be evil. It's just that the devil used the snake to do his deed, and ever since we as humans may have associated the snake with 'evil'.
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post Jul 26 2007, 11:21 PM
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laugh.gif laugh.gif

That is all.


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post Jul 27 2007, 10:08 AM
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yes that's really amazing.. but come on people, where is the logic in that?

i think its ridiculous how u all think its some great mystery. its not plausible. someone is playing a hoax... just like all those weeping statues of mary around the world!

im with nate laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

and that's more so at the people's comments in response to this thread rather then the snakes on the icon.

speaking of snakes i really want one as a pet!!
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post Jul 27 2007, 02:16 PM
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QUOTE(Pat__ @ Jul 27 2007, 10:08 AM) [snapback]101420[/snapback]

yes that's really amazing.. but come on people, where is the logic in that?

i think its ridiculous how u all think its some great mystery. its not plausible. someone is playing a hoax... just like all those weeping statues of mary around the world!

im with nate laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

and that's more so at the people's comments in response to this thread rather then the snakes on the icon.

speaking of snakes i really want one as a pet!!


That's right,...somethings just can't be explained by "logic" alone. And no one is saying that it's a "mystery" either- but rather, a miracle... (for those of you that this word may have no meaning, you may now go ahead and laugh, that's fine...)

There are many "unusual" events like this one, none of which will ever make sense with "logic"... the snakes of Kefalonia is just one of them. ( Others include the sounds coming from the tomb of St Nectarios, the preservation and aromas emanating from, of several relics of saints to this very day, the Holy Light during Easter in Jerusalem etc)
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post Aug 8 2007, 02:34 PM
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has anyone ever though that the church puts the there each year on that day?
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post Aug 9 2007, 02:30 AM
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QUOTE(athineos @ Aug 8 2007, 02:34 PM) [snapback]102217[/snapback]

has anyone ever though that the church puts the there each year on that day?


The church does no such thing... the snakes slither their way to the icon before the church service and leave again, on their own, after the service. There are many to have witnessed this... my godparents included.

They're normally poisonous, but harm noone while surrounding the icon (people kiss the icon without being bitten).... but they will retaliate once they return back into the shrubs
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post Aug 9 2007, 10:05 PM
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Last year when i went to Greece for my 21'st Birthday holiday.

I made it a priority to see some of the many wonders of the Greek orthodox history....


KEFALONIA..... during the festive month of Ta Fithyia Tis Panayias and Ayios Gerasimos celebrations. smile.gif

Its funny this topic popped up....

Because i am a great believer of this Historical Event smile.gif

And this would have to be one of the most memorable experiences ive ever had as a Greek Orthodox!

The fithyia were everywere (15 or so) in the church on ikones..... outside...... in peoples hands.


It was absolutely amazing!!! smile.gif


I ever to manage to capture some brilliant photos.... especially one were one of the Fithyia Tis Panayias flicks its tongue onto my lip as i go in for a kiss ! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif


I even saw the cross that is between their eyes that shows they are the real holy snakes tis panayias.!


I walked away smilling knowing i had seen something truelly amazing and religiously fulfilling.






All i have to say is.....




Believe.


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post Aug 10 2007, 12:52 PM
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My god dj petros how did you ever manage to tame that fearsome beast? It must be through some miracle of God!

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post Dec 30 2007, 01:02 AM
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the snake represents the Devil.

and apparently according to the "good" book,so does the DRAGON.

if i remember my scriptures correctly,the Dragon will come back with Seven heads which will represent the apocolypse...

Dragons and Snakes represent the DEVIL or Satan or the Anti Christ.

of course the Snakes are not evil...neither is the Devil if u seriously examine the Devil...they are made out to be "evil" by a religion that needs to find scapegoats..for the inaction and stupidity of the Jewish God...
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