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The North Cyprus Bronze Age sanctuary at Pigadhes dates back to about 1600 B.C. About 1300 B.C. refugees from Crete brought their property, including the Horns of Consecration, a religious symbol, to the Cyprus alter. Imagine that you can hear the thoughts of a refugee Priestess of the Great Goddess

North Cyprus Alter at Pighades

North Cyprus Alter at PighadesThe Bronze Age sanctuary at Pigadhes dates back to about 1600 B.C. But we are visiting it at about 1300 B.C. At that time the eastern Mediterranean was being attacked by a confederation known as People of the Sea. They conquered North Africa, Crete, Asia Minor, and the Levant each in their turn. The Egyptians called that tribe Peleset; the Bible calls them Philistines. Only Egypt was able to fend them off.About this time we see the introduction of the Horns of Consecration in Cyprus, at Pighades and elsewhere. The "Horns of Consecration" are prominent in Crete and it is reasonable to assume Cretan refugees fleeing the People of the Sea brought this religious symbol to Crete.In the present day, you can walk through the foundations of the sacred courtyard with the well and the altar. The altar is about twelve feet high and is crowned with the Horns of Consecration.Imagine, if you will, that you can hear the thoughts of a Priestess of the Great Goddess who was worshipped here, a refugee from Crete, as she prepares for a festival. We are refugees here, far from our native Crete. We were able to bring only the clothes we were wearing, we priestesses of the Goddess and our townsfolk, those who believed our words and fled with us across the sea.We fled from the People of Sea. One of their kings sits in the great palace at Knossos. His underlings and soldiers are in every other stronghold on the coast. Our people are enslaved in their own land. And I fear that soon, soon, People of the Sea will come here to Cyprus, our refuge.But today the poppies bloom in sun-kissed fields. We were given this property, sacred from time immemorial, to be our sanctuary. We built a dormitory, a school, and a dancing ground. We have marked out only this dancing ground as a sacred space. We gave it a low wall so that all may watch, but only believers may enter. There is a well, to quench our thirst as we practice the sacred dance in the heat of the day. There is a bench where believers sit and watch. In some places there are mementoes of a believer who has died and gone back to the Goddess. In the center of our enclosure we built a tall tower, and on it, we put the horns of consecration.The natives tell us this place is sacred to their goddess. We tell them the Goddess is one, ours and theirs. But they dont quite believe that and neither do we.At home, we would be on a hilltop. But the natives do not trust us to share a hilltop. They fear we might signal to strange ships, bring on a pirate attack. But we would signal no one. If more of our townsfolk remain, they will find us. And as for others, we dread their coming, even if they come from Crete.For we have had enough of palaces and priests. We shall live here in our little house, sharing what we have with the people. We have healing, and writing, and we have the Goddess.Today we will dance, slowly spinning, slowly turning around the altar. We will drink the new wine, the blood of the earth. We will turn and turn, our wide skirts flaring, our bells jingling. And as the drums beat faster and pipes play higher, She will come. She comes upon us as morning mist upon the fields. She is Mother, and Sister, and Daughter. And so are we. So are we.From a corner of the bench comes the drumbeat. Now we begin, slowly, slowly. We stand with our arms out from our shoulders and bent at the elbow so our hands are up. One leg points out and we turn on the other, so our flounced skirts flare. An old woman brings a flask of wine. We drink deeply. The beat heightens. The sun pours down on our head-dresses. They are heavy with gilt thread. They force us to keep our heads upno looking at our feet.We want the beat to go faster, faster to take us quickly to the Goddess. But it is slow, so slow. We are patient as trees in a storm, for she comes to trees. We are steady as rocks, for she comes to rocks. More wine. The sun is in the west now. As we turn we have brightness in our eyes one moment and darkness the next. Without our years of training, we would surely stumble. And now, at last, the beat of the drum lets us spin loose, faster, faster. There is no world but the flash of golden sun, then blackness, light and dark, light and dark, faster and faster. She comes. We are lifted up and we fly around her as she stands there between the horns of consecration on the high altar. We are spinning like leaves in a whirlwind. And she is the still center of the universe standing in our midst.It is forever, it is an instant. We cannot sustain this contact with the divine. We are but mortal. We sink to the ground. Were we really flying? Did we really see Her?

Cheap Holidays to Turkey

Cheap Holidays to Turkey

Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey was the junction between civilisations, crucial in the development of history itself since biblical times; Anatolia has played a major part in the history of civilisation.Golden beaches, ancient history, and mouth-watering cuisine all await you. Pick a modern beach resort brimming with top-class entertainment, or perhaps a tranquil bay. Alternatively take to the seas and see Turkey on a relaxing cruise.Gulet cruising sailing for a week or two along the coast with a crew, enjoying the adventure and romance of the ocean. Cruise and Stay Spend a week on the open water followed by a stay at a beach resort or vice versa.Twin Centres give you the best of both worlds, for example combine an Aegean coastal experience with a stay relaxing at a hotel resort and spa.Historical and Coach Tours will give you the option to see some the of Turkey's most famous natural and historical sights.City breaks to Istanbul are a great way to sample the exotic atmosphere. Beaches in Turkey are it's most popular attraction - come and see why!Turkey Holidays: Endless attractions...Ancient sights of epic proportions await you on the Aegean Coast. Visit beautiful Pamukkale, a petrified limestone waterfall or some of the world's best preserved ruins at Ephesus. From Altinkum make the trip to the Temple of Apollo where you will be awe-struck by the sheer size of the still upright columns not to mention the ingenuity of the ancient civilisations.Turkey Holidays...and time to unwind.Wherever you stay you will be presented with tempting sandy beaches, perhaps the most famous of which being Olu Deniz. The white sand beach and beautiful blue lagoon have been designated a National Park. Once you have had your fill of sun and sand, relax with a visit to Dalyan's famous mud baths and sulphur springs or if you're brave try a Turkish bath for the ultimate local experience. To top it all Turkey offers some excellent shopping opportunities - it's a wonder how you'll fit it all in.Why Holidays in Turkey? Because Turkey is the one of the cheapest Mediterranean holiday destination. It is quite easy to book cheap holidays to Turkey especially if you grab the bargains on Teletext Holidays to Turkey or on the web. It Is possible to get thousands of pounds value of package less than couple of hundreds.

Everything you need in Berlin from jazz clubs

Everything you need in Berlin from jazz clubs

From sustainable means of transport, to local breweries, from flea markets, to jazz club, this article has been useful to many backpackers heading to Berlin! First of all we start suggesting other very useful tools (magazine) you need to get once in town: the 030 or the Zitty, Tip, Prinz or the main English language paper, the ExBerliner. A funny way to cherish the urban life, as a citizen would do, is renting a bike. And dont worry, cycling in this City is a pleasure! For about 15 per day or 50 per week you can rent your bike at Berlin-by-bike in many Fahrradstation centres spreading all over Berlin. Visit the website of Fahrradstation or go to: Hackesche Hofe, Hof 7; Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat and Sun 10 am-4pm; ph +49 (030) 28384848; or in Auguststr. 29A (Mitte) from Mon-Fri 8 am-8pm; Sat and Sun 10 am-4pm; ph +49 (030) 2859 9661; or in Leipziger Str. 56, from Mon- Fri 8 am-8 pm; Sat and Sun from 10am to 4pm; ph:+39 (030) 666 49 180; or at Bergmanstr. 9, Kreuzberg from Mon- Fri 8am-8pm; Sat and Sun from 10 am-4pm; ph +49 (030) 21515 66). If you like the idea, you can count also on the silver CallBikes (+49/ 0700/ 05 22 55 22) available in different corners of the cities. Basically you can take the bike and leave it in every corner of the city simply using your mobile phone to connect to the central booking system! For as cheap as 0,06 per minute or 15 per day, all you need to do is call the company, give them credit card details and get a code to unlock the padlock. Better if you pre-register one week in advance. Then get cycling maps, information and assistance at Das Radlerzentrum (ADFC: Brunnenstrasse 28; ph: +49 (030) 448 4724; Mon- Fri 1200-8pm and Sat10am-4pm). With your bike now you can really reach every corner of West and East Berlin.In springtime a good place to be is the Tiergarten Park. Get a beer at Caf am Neuen See, a Bavarian beer house: its the ideal place to cool down with fresh beverages and small appetizers close to the pond. You can also indulge on boat trips, for a romantic afternoon. (Lichtensteinallee, 2; ph. +49 (0) 30 254 4930; all days 10am-1pm). To end the light meal with something sweet, get a special cake at the park Caf Buchwald, since 1852 an institution! (Bartningallee, 29; ph.+49 (0)30 391 5931; all days Mar-Oct 11am-11pm; Nov-Feb 11am-6.30pm)For vintage second hand shopping dont miss the Flohmarkt am Ankonaplatz where you can get anything from 60s and 70s. (Prenzlauer Berg: U-Bahn Bernauer Strasse; Sun 11am-6pm) or the Flohmarkt Schnenberg, right in front of the homonym Municipal hall (U- Bahn Rathaus Schnenberg; Sat-Sun 8am-4pm). If USSR still plays a role in your imagination, youd better go to the small, students-run market at Boxhagener Platz (Friedrichshain; U/S Bahn Warschauer Str.; Sun 9am-4pm). The evening is best spent in a Jazz club. Have a look at the berlinjazz where you can surely find a list of popular spots. Quasimodo is renowned among jazz lovers for sessions of jazz, blues, folk, funk, soul. You find it in Kantstrae, 12 in Charlottenburg. Or at Quasimodo. It is open daily from 9pm; live music from 10pm.If you want to combine dinner and music then you have to try Soultrane, the elegant side house of the A Trane: after dinner, first class jazz is being served. (Stilwerk, Kantstrae 17, Charlottenburg; ph: +40 (0) 30 315 18 60).

Secure yourself before you make a next trip abroad

Secure yourself before you make a next trip abroad

While traveling abroad, most of us incorporate the best advice about trip planning and take utmost care to travel safely. The most serious problem a traveler can face is the possibility of having a health problem. And if you are traveling oversees, then it becomes really important to secure your trip to deal with unforeseen medical issues in a foreign country. While other kinds of insurances secure you financially, medical insurance secures you physically. International travel insurance goes a long way in ensuring that you get the right medical facilities while you are away from home. Medical Insurance plans are designed to cover the cost of medical procedures but, these insurance plans may not provide you compensation for the major medical expenses. Therefore, you should carefully select a plan that caters to your travel needs. There are different types of medical insurance plans in the market today. You can consider travel medical insurance that provides protection against all health related problems that might occur while you are traveling outside your own country. Another option would be to buy a plan depending on the type of traveler you are which includes student travel medical insurance, travel accident insurance and even backpackers travel insurance. Moreover, there are international medical insurance plans that offer coverage for short term and long term travelers.Make sure that the health and accident cover plan that you choose also covers all doctor's consultation fees, bill payments, and the hospitalization charges as well. When selecting an international travel Insurance plan pay attention to all the minute details in the insurance form. Keep a track of all important numbers and addresses to be contacted while you need to make a claim. In case you need an emergency medical treatment, make all the expenses listed in the itemized bill so you can make a claim back home. Many international travel insurance companies offer insurance plans at much lower prices, as the cost of health care is much lower in other countries as compared to US or Canada.There are several options to find insurance at cheap rates. Some medical insurance do not cover the pre-existing illness. You can ask your insurance agent to exclude the cost of pre-existing illness, this will lower the insurance costs. Moreover, you can now compare insurance policies and shop online for the best deals for every budget. If you are traveling in a group, it is always easier to find cheap prices for group insurance. Some international medical plans do not provide coverage against dangerous activities and outdoor sports such as skiing, mountain climbing, and skydiving. Decide whether you need insurance for such activities before traveling and choose plan accordingly, as most companies will not allow you to add-on the adventure sport coverage to your policy once you reach your destination.Buying international travel insurance prevents you from any unforeseen situation that you might face while traveling abroad. Make sure you get your health insurance as early as possible as many plans have a waiting period, after the premium has been paid.

Surviving The Security Checkpoint At The Airport

Here are some tips to get through the security checkpoint at the airport. Follow these and you will get through security and to your plane on time. * Arrive on time. Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check with your carrier. A boarding pass and valid government photo ID are required to enter the security checkpoint. Remember to give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security. For international flights, you should arrive approximately three hours before your flight. * Do not wrap gifts. If security needs to inspect a package, he may un-wrap your gift. Please wait to wrap gifts until you're at your destination. * Pets. Please remove all animals from their carrying cases and send the case through the X-ray machine. Hold your pet in your arms and proceed through the metal detector. * Children. Please take your infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector with you. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse your stroller before you get to the metal detector. * Dress the part. Metal in your clothing may set off the screening machines. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Remember that all shoes must be removed and placed in bins. Passengers also need to remove winter coats, blazers, suit coats and bulky sweaters. * Film. Undeveloped film should go in your carry-on bag. Declare film that is faster than 800 speed to a security officer for physical inspection to avoid being x-rayed. * When in doubt, leave it out. Bringing prohibited items to the airport will delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you're not sure which items are allowed, check The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) web site for a complete list of permitted and prohibited items. * Think before you speak. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing your flight. Local law enforcement may be called as necessary.Make sure you stop by the TSA web site to get the most current information. The list of prohibited and permitted items changes periodically and what may have been legal yesterday may be forbidden today. Also, check to see what is allowed in your carry-on and what is permitted in your checked baggage. Some items are allowed in one but not the other.The security guards are there to protect you and the other passengers and anything you can do to make their job easier and speed up the process will be appreciated by everyone.Here are some tips to get through the security checkpoint at the airport. Follow these and you will get through security and to your plane on time. * Arrive on time. Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check with your carrier. A boarding pass and valid government photo ID are required to enter the security checkpoint. Remember to give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security. For international flights, you should arrive approximately three hours before your flight. * Do not wrap gifts. If security needs to inspect a package, he may un-wrap your gift. Please wait to wrap gifts until you're at your destination. * Pets. Please remove all animals from their carrying cases and send the case through the X-ray machine. Hold your pet in your arms and proceed through the metal detector. * Children. Please take your infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector with you. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse your stroller before you get to the metal detector. * Dress the part. Metal in your clothing may set off the screening machines. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Remember that all shoes must be removed and placed in bins. Passengers also need to remove winter coats, blazers, suit coats and bulky sweaters. * Film. Undeveloped film should go in your carry-on bag. Declare film that is faster than 800 speed to a security officer for physical inspection to avoid being x-rayed. * When in doubt, leave it out. Bringing prohibited items to the airport will delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you're not sure which items are allowed, check The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) web site for a complete list of permitted and prohibited items. * Think before you speak. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing your flight. Local law enforcement may be called as necessary.Make sure you stop by the TSA web site to get the most current information. The list of prohibited and permitted items changes periodically and what may have been legal yesterday may be forbidden today. Also, check to see what is allowed in your carry-on and what is permitted in your checked baggage. Some items are allowed in one but not the other.The security guards are there to protect you and the other passengers and anything you can do to make their job easier and speed up the process will be appreciated by everyone.

Air Passengers with Disabilities Know Your Rights

* A person may not be refused transportation on the basis of disability or be required to have an attendant or produce a medical certificate, except in certain limited circumstances specified in the rule. * Airlines must provide enplaning, deplaning and connecting assistance, including both personnel and equipment. (Some small commuter aircraft may not be accessible to passengers with severe mobility impairments. When making plans to fly to small cities, such passengers should check on the aircraft type and its accessibility.) * Airport terminals and airline reservations centers must have TDD telephone devices for persons with hearing or speech impairments. * Passengers with vision or hearing impairments must have timely access to the same information given to other passengers at the airport or on the plane concerning gate assignments, delayed flights, safety, etc. * New wide body aircraft must have a wheelchair- accessible lavatory and an on-board wheelchair. Airlines must put an on-board wheelchair on most other flights upon a passenger's request (48 hours notice required). * Air carriers must accept wheelchairs as checked baggage, and cannot require passengers to sign liability waivers for them (except for pre-existing damage). * Most new airplanes must have movable armrests on half the aisle seats, and on-board stowage for one folding passenger wheelchair. * Carriers must allow service animals to accompany passengers in the cabin, as long as they don't block the aisle or other emergency evacuation route. * FAA safety rules establish standards for passengers allowed to sit in emergency exit rows; such persons must be able to perform certain evacuation-related functions. * FAA rules also prohibit passengers from bringing their own oxygen. Most airlines will provide aircraft-approved oxygen for a fee, but aren't required to. * Airlines may not charge for services that are required by this rule. * Airlines must make available a specially-trained Complaints Resolution Official if a dispute arises. There must be a copy of the DOT rule at every airport.It's wise to call the airline again before your trip to reconfirm any assistance that you have requested.

Summary

The North Cyprus Bronze Age sanctuary at Pigadhes dates back to about 1600 B.C. About 1300 B.C. refugees from Crete brought their property, including the Horns of Consecration, a religious symbol, to the Cyprus alter. Imagine that you can hear the thoughts of a refugee Priestess of the Great Goddess