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Magus of Strovolos, The

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Ever since his childhood, Kyriacos C. Markides has heard mysterious rumours about the Magus of Strovolos, Cyprus' leading specialist of the netherworld.

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When he returns to Cyprus as an adult, Markides seeks out this master healer and spiritual teacher, to discover the old man for himself. Armed with the scepticism he learned as a sociologist, combined with his passion to explore the inner world and beliefs of this strange Magus, Markides soon learns to appreciate the power and wisdom of this peaceful and humorous soul.

From his exorcism of a Jewish girl haunted by Nazi ghosts to his theory of reincarnation, the Magus reveals to Markides the extraordinary secrets of his philosophy, challenging Western materialism and science, and pointing towards vast domains we normally cannot see.

In writing his own personal account, Markides seeks to bring the master healer’s teachings to the world. By reading it, we too undertake his spiritual journey...


"Top shelf. Right up there with the Castaneda revelations."    ~Mandala Books 

"This is really a marvelous book. I certainly think it is one of the most extraordinary accounts of a magical personality since Ouspensky's account of Gurdjieff."     ~Colin Wilson


"Judas was not a traitor, he was an imprudent beloved. Jesus washed and kissed Judas' feet just as he washed and kissed the feet of the other disciples. Then he told Judas to go and do what he was supposed to do. Christ loved Judas. But Judas could not understand Jesus' teachings. In fact only very few of his disciples understood Him, specifically John, Philip, and James. Philip understood Jesus because he had been previously involved with the Greek mysteries at Delphi. The others understood Jesus only after the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus expected his crucifixion and prophesied his resurrection in front of Judas by saying, 'I can destroy the temple and in three days I shall rebuild it.' What did he mean by this? He was speaking in parables. Judas was hearing only those things he wanted to hear and that he could interpret as benefiting his patriotic plans and ways of thinking.

When Judas realized that the Master was about to be crucified, to be put to death, he began doubting Christ. He thought the Master had lost his powers and could not prevent himself from being slapped, insulted, and kicked. When he saw Jesus carrying the Cross with a thorny wreath on his head, blood dripping from his forehead, Judas began doubting the resurrection. He became desperate and in his anguish committed suicide.

It is too harsh a term to call Judas a traitor. I would call the condition that led him to act the way he did a state of unreason or confusion. Judas loved Jesus pathologically, foolishly and egotistically. He also loved an imaginary country. The world is full of such nationalist zealots. Do you realize that the confusion and troubles in Israel today that have led to the spilling of so much blood between Arabs and Israelis are to a large extent the product of the thoughts and desires of the zealots and other patriots of the time? Those of them who have come to their senses by now are beginning to be able to see the evil they themselves have caused.

...Judas has incarnated many times since then, as a rich man, as a poor man, as a troubled man, as a common man, just like every other human being. Today he is incarnated within a Jewish body and he is a great mystic."


Kyriacos C. Markides, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine and the author of the trilogy The Magus of Strovolos, Homage to the Sun and Fire in the Heart, in which he chronicles his exploration into the rich and intricate world of two mystical Christian teachers and healers on his native island of Cyprus. He is also the author of Riding with the Lion, and a recently published book on Eastern Christianity The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality.

Author Markides, Kyriacos
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 222 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1990
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