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1854 – A meeting with an unknown Russian wandering monk (бродячая монах)?

(Picture by Raymond Geldermans, July 1960) In July 1960, when Raymond Geldermans pilgrimated from Iviron to Pantocrator he found a uninhabited house. In its neighbourhood he saw two monks. One of them was Russian. They started talking. The monk didn’t … Continue reading

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1517 – Siromahki or Kaviotes back on Athos?

In post 559 I introduced you to the siromahki or kaviotes, the wandering monks who inhabited Mount Athos at the beginning of last century, when approximately ten-thousend men lived on the penisula. Some of them lived in extreme poverty and … Continue reading

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559 – The Russians on Athos: Siromahki or Kaviotes

From the book “The Russians on Athos” from Fennell I copied this interesting text: “Today measures have been taken to restrict the numbers of pilgrims on the Holy Mountain: Greeks and foreigners alike are discouraged from staying more than four … Continue reading

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