Sifis Cretan crocodile
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Constantine Manos: A GREEK PORTFOLIO / 50 years later

 The Society of Cretan Historical Studies is rounding off its cycle of  temporary exhibitions for 2014 with a retrospective  exhibition from   the Benaki Museum entitled Constantine Manos /  A Greek Portfolio / 50  Years Later. The exhibition was curated last year by Yannis Dimou.  Grounded in the fruitful collaboration between the Historical  Museum and the Benaki Museum, this succeeds the temporary  exhibition  Domenicos Theotocopoulos between Venice and  Rome held to mark El Greco Year (2014), which is being  transferred to the Benaki Museum and will open in Pireos St. on  20th November 2014.
 In the new temporary exhibition at the Historical Museum of Crete,  ninety-four (94) photographs from the lens of distinguished  photographer Constantine Manos transport us to the remote  villages and islands of Greece of the 1960s – with an emphasis on  Crete – where Manos invites us as travelling companions in a scene of rural simplicity and tranquillity. Beyond ethnological and historical interest, the poetic skill of Manos' lens creates diachronic images reflecting the uniqueness of the landscape and its inhabitants.

Fire in a yaught in Marina of Ag.Nikolaos (10.12.2014)

Sifis,the Cretan crocodile

This year’s Epiphany celebrations in Amari in Rethymno on the island of Crete will feature the famous “Cretan” crocodile, Sifis, as locals will dive for the holy cross in the river dam.
The custom of the Epiphany (January 6) celebrations is called “diving for the holy cross” and is performed in all areas near water in Greece. It consists of a Christian Orthodox priest throwing a holy cross in the water to sanctify the water. Then, local men and boys dive in the water to bring it back.
The residents of Amari feel that Sifis is one of their own now and have no hesitation of jumping into the same waters where the crocodile lives in order to catch the cross and throw it back to village priest Papa-Giorgis.
“Everyone will go to the dam for the ceremony. Sifis seems harmless to humans. I see him almost every day out of the dam and when he feels the presence of people, he flees terrified and dives in the water,” said the president of the Pantanassa Cultural Association Constantinos Ieronymakis.
However, the Mayor of Amari Adam Paradeisanos, speaking to Ethnos newspaper, emphasized the need to ensure that the crocodile must stay in the area in a controlled environment as he has become the main local tourist attraction advertized in Rethymno, Crete and Greece worldwide.
The crocodile was first seen in July at the river dam in Amari, near Rethymno, and has become a major attraction. In the beginning, there were efforts to catch him, but a great number of people were opposed to his capture. There is also a Facebook page with messages of support for the crocodile, such as “Leave Sifis alone!”

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