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Vitali
165339.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:51 am Reply with quote

Exclusion/Females


The world's only country from where females (not just women, but also female animals!) have been excluded for over a thousand years by a special edict of Constantinopole is Mount Athos an ecclesiastical republic of Orthodox monks in the north of Khalkidiki Peninsula (Northern Greece). What's more, women are not allowed to sail closer than 500 yards to its shores (the Queen had to wait in a boat drifting 500 yards away while Phil was visiting Mount Athos during their visit several years ago). In 1999, feminists sued Mount Athos ecclesiastical government, the Holy Synod, consisting of 5 Abbots representing 24 biggest monasteries, for such exclusion in the European Court, but the case was eventually thrown out. In the last 100 or so years, there have been numerous attempts by women to infiltrate this male-only community disguised as men. The perpetrators were exposed and removed from the country by Mount Athos's ecclesiastical police, the Serdaris.

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Gray
165358.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:21 am Reply with quote

I'd like to see them stop female animals. Insect sexing isn't easy...

 
dr.bob
165548.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:22 am Reply with quote

Vitali wrote:
The world's only country from where females have been excluded


Just a couple of minor niggles. Firstly Mount Athos isn't a country. According to their own website (http://www.inathos.gr/athos/en/) they are:

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a self-governed part of the Greek state, subject to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its political aspect and to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinopole as regards its religious aspect.


Secondly not all female animals are banned from the island. According to http://www.articlesextra.com/athos-agios-oros-panteleimonos.htm, monks who paint are allowed to keep chickens so they can have a ready supply of eggs and use the yolks to make special colours. One of the monks, Father Panteleimon, also tells how he took in a female cat and her litter to help deal with the mice and snakes on the island. The same monk also admits that the "no female animal" rule is not strictly enforced, saying:

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Ultimately, I cannot keep the birds from landing on the trees on Athos and building their nests there...


According to the Wikipedia article there have been three occasions when women have stayed on the island. Two were official when, after the revolutions in 1770 and 1821, Athos sheltered refugees which included women and girls. The other occasion apparently caused a scandal when Aliki Diplarakou (Miss Greece 1929) dressed up as a man and managed to sneak onto the island (as mentioned, very briefly, in this Time magazine article).

 
Vitali
165734.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:43 am Reply with quote

Well, I disagree with dr Bob. Mount Athos is a semi-independent state, with its own elected government, its own visa policies and borders.

 
Gray
165787.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:54 am Reply with quote

Vitali, note the bit about according to their own website...

 

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