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In the conception of early human civilization there existed nothing supernatural because the spiritual dimension was an essential part of the natural world. Hence holiness, if defined as the essence of the natural, existed before mankind began to recognize and to distinguish the qualities of the spiritual versus the natural world. So it remains a matter of definition if holiness (or sacredness) should be regarded as a quality per se or of human making.

If we were trying to reflect upon the initial stages in the relationship between small-size („tribal“) societies and their natural environment we got to retreat to places that remained unaffected by ideologies and ways of life opposed to the understanding of holy or spiritual being universal - and not just distinct attributes of mankind.

The island which now bears the name of Kyra Panagia had remained such virgin place; it retained the very holyness that has no human history: a sanctuary of the all-natural and all-spiritual in a timeless synthesis.

People must have lived in the realm of this archipelago since the dawn of mankind (cf. the article about Gioura). ...weiterlesen "Kyra Panagia – the Holy Island"

Piperi Island, Northern Sporades - the Last Unknown in the Aegean Sea. Refuge for the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), Eleonora's falcon (Falco eleonorae), endemic reptile (Podarcis erhardii weigandi) and  plant species (Campanula rechingeri). Core zone of the Marine Park. ...weiterlesen "Piperi – coast of the monk seals"

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On the Northern Sporades Archipelago, all the indigenous stock of cattle became  extinct in the early 1990s. This invaluable loss of genetic material is one of the tragic consequences of Greek ignorance and indifference. ...weiterlesen "Endemic cattle of the Northern Sporades archipelago"

Try to imagine a scenario hardly feasible, as frustrating as the task of designing a national park status regulation for islands never visited, never seen even from some distance or never assessed by other people to rely upon. The result got to be totally inadequate, rather counterproductive, useless throughout - lacking any reflection of all the wonderful natural and cultural heritage out there. ...weiterlesen "Piperi – the cultural heritage"

part two

It follows my second letter to Mr. Yeroulanos; see copy of first page in part one


Dr. Thomas Schultze-Westrum   Kaisertsr. 52     8000 München 40

Marine National Park Project NORTHERN SPORADES


Status Report December 1976 prepared for:

Mr. Marinos Yeroulanos

Executive Secretary

National Council for

Physical Planning and Environment

Ministry of Coordination,

Athens

...weiterlesen "Northern Sporades conservation area – continued"