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Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildings

Postby samarkeolog » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:20 pm

Sorry, I can't get on here often, or stay long, but I don't have internet access at home.

I hope everyone I used to be in contact with is still busy making a scene somewhere or other between Green Lanes and the Green Line.

During my fieldwork, I found some of the DMP's 'yeter' graffiti on a church wall in Lapithos/Lapta. But, I also found other open hand graffiti, which I thought might be a protective Hand of Fatima on a cemetery wall in Lefkoniko/Geçitkale. Does anyone know?

Also, there are some Arabic inscriptions in Palea Enklistra. They're quite damaged, but I thought there was a very slight chance someone might have some idea of what they said.

Cheers, geia sas, sağ olun!
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby kurupetos » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:23 am

What do you expect from uneducated Turks? :evil:
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:57 am

samarkeolog, cheers!

very interesting, please keep us informed, i'd like to know the answer too...
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby samarkeolog » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:03 pm

kurupetos wrote:What do you expect from uneducated Turks? :evil:


I do agree that people shouldn't graffiti religious buildings (in general), but can't you say anything more constructive?

First of all, if nothing else, uneducated Greeks have graffitied mosques in southern Cyprus too. So, it's not a problem of uneducated Greeks or uneducated Turks - it's a problem of uneducated people.

Second of all, it wasn't anti-Christian or anti-Greek Cypriot graffiti; it wasn't done to desecrate the church/cemetery. The DMP graffiti was done to protest against Turkish military occupation, undemocratic rule, the destruction of community in northern Cyprus... Isn't that a good thing (even if it's done in a bad/insensitive way)?

(Edited to add the 'in general' - I have seen positive graffiti on religious buildings.)
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby kurupetos » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:45 pm

samarkeolog wrote:
kurupetos wrote:What do you expect from uneducated Turks? :evil:

First of all, if nothing else, uneducated Greeks have graffitied mosques in southern Cyprus too. So, it's not a problem of uneducated Greeks or uneducated Turks - it's a problem of uneducated people.

Uneducated Greeks or Turks is the same to me, because I'm Hellene Cypriot. 8)
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby Bananiot » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:55 am

Uneducated GC's wrote the following on Phaneromeni church in Nicosia: We demand resurrection of the dead here and now. Patients has its limits.
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby Bananiot » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:55 am

Bananiot wrote:Uneducated GC's wrote the following on Phaneromeni church in Nicosia: We demand resurrection of the dead here and now. Patience has its limits.
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby kurupetos » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:13 pm

Bananiot wrote:Uneducated GC's wrote the following on Phaneromeni church in Nicosia: We demand resurrection of the dead here and now. Patients has its limits.

Yeps, left wing idiots are everywhere these days. Shame on them. :evil:
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby Bananiot » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:38 am

Are you saying Darwin is a left wing idiot? Shame on you.
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Re: Turkish Cypriot and Arabic graffiti on Christian buildin

Postby denizaksulu » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:43 pm

samarkeolog wrote:Sorry, I can't get on here often, or stay long, but I don't have internet access at home.

I hope everyone I used to be in contact with is still busy making a scene somewhere or other between Green Lanes and the Green Line.

During my fieldwork, I found some of the DMP's 'yeter' graffiti on a church wall in Lapithos/Lapta. But, I also found other open hand graffiti, which I thought might be a protective Hand of Fatima on a cemetery wall in Lefkoniko/Geçitkale. Does anyone know?

Also, there are some Arabic inscriptions in Palea Enklistra. They're quite damaged, but I thought there was a very slight chance someone might have some idea of what they said.

Cheers, geia sas, sağ olun!


On a church building, in Arabic it ha the word for GOD/ALLAH and then PALESTINE. On the one with the star of david is the name of the graffitti artist. Not totally legible, but begins with 'Muhammed' then a surname. Defo not TC. The hand could be an emblem of some party, but not so sure. If the fingers were wide spread, it would be an offensive gesture, but these do look like the hand of Fatima.

Nice to see you back in circulation Samarkeolog. :D
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