November 18, 2006

Message in a Bottle?

August 1977. Makarios dies. Greek Cypriots start panicking in the middle of their August holidays: "The Turks are coming to get us..." - A month of national mourning is declared.

What I'm curious about is who decided that Makarios' heart should be preserved? Did they surgically remove it from his body to be displayed in the Archbishop's residence? And if so, then why? Was it to clone future little Makarioi and thus fulfil the prophecy: "A Thousand Makarioi will continue Your Struggle"?

And would this continuing struggle be made possible by ingenious new technology thanks to Stravaraland's very own Dr. Zavos? Was The Heart to be preserved for the future of humanity (and Stravaraland's children)? If so, was it the Church or the politicians of the time who hatched this scheme? If it was the Church, did they not realize that his would cause a major glitch for the late archbishop during The Second Coming?

Will Makarios get resurrected without a heart? How come nobody mentioned it, until now? Any answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated.


Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

Come to think of it a bit more, with what right did they take out his heart and place it in his office for all to see? Don't the dead have any human rights? And if they do, is it not a violation of the deads' human right to take out their heart and put it in public display for the foreign dignitaries to admire? Decisions about policy are abysmal now, but it seems things could have been worse...At least nobody thought of balming Spy Kyp and putting him (for posterity's sake) inside the Museum of Perennial Struggle...

18 November, 2006 16:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder, after so many years in formalin (it's in formalin isn't it?), will his heart attack remnant still be visible to the eyes of a skilled pathologist?

18 November, 2006 21:58  
Anonymous EuroMario said...

psychia, you have a point. I demand to see the heart immediately

19 November, 2006 10:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EuroMario? You're kidding, right?

19 November, 2006 17:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heart taken out by lyssarides

19 November, 2006 20:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they left the poor corpse for so long while they had a crash construction program for the tomb, that they had to glue his facial hair back on, as it had fallen off.

I don't think the church wanted the heart, but maybe Lyssarides can say who did, as he is still (barely) alive- at least physically if not gaga

19 November, 2006 20:37  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...


Maybe you can tell us a bit more? Lyssarides decided on his own to take the heart out? Nobody dared contradict the Dr even back then? (well, I guess especially back then).

And when the crowds were going in their thousands to give the last kiss of respect, you mean to say, they were actually kissing a heartless body!?

What was the logic behind taking the heart out anyway? Is this supposed to be a sign of respect for the leader?

19 November, 2006 20:51  
Blogger Giorgio said...

Apodime, eisai toutos pou nrtev esso mou to perasmevo Ma.i.o tze mila polla divata ama mila tns korns tou?

19 November, 2006 20:55  
Blogger Noullis said...

I'd say if anyone is heartless it's Lyssarides who rendered the Great Leader heartless!

@psychia: Please don't mention pathologists - we're having all sorts of trouble trying to pretend there's no one at home whenever Marios comes knocking on our door. And the last time we did that he stole our TV antenna, gamwto!

19 November, 2006 21:20  

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