Rock of Kynops

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The '''Rock of Kynops''' refers to a strange looking rock jutting out of the sea in Petra Bay believed to be the petrified body of a satanical wizard by the name of Kynops destroyed during spiritual combat between Kynops and St. [[Apostle John|John the Theologian]]. The story of this combat is attributed to the saint's disciple, [[Prochorus]], and contained in an ancient manuscript still kept hidden in the [[monastery]] on [[Patmos]] island.
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The '''Rock of Kynops''' refers to a strange looking rock jutting out of the sea in Petra Bay believed to be the petrified body of a satanical wizard by the name of Kynops destroyed during spiritual combat between Kynops and St. [[Apostle John|John the Theologian]]. The story of this combat is attributed to the [[saint]]'s [[disciple]], [[Prochorus]], and contained in an ancient manuscript still kept hidden in the [[monastery]] on [[Patmos]] island.
  
A red buoy, some 200 yards west of the point where big ships now dock at Patmos, marks the spot where supposedly it all happened. Just beneath the surface is a rock some people say is man-shaped: Kynops, petrified in mid-dive by St. John 1,900 years ago.  
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Today some 200-300 metres from the point where the big ships now dock at Skala. In the dock itself, there exists a red (or orange) buoy to mark the spot where, just beneath the surface, is a  
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submerged rock that, some people say, is man-shaped and represents the petrified magician.
  
==History==
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The locals share the story that during World War II, the Italians sent divers down to dynamite the rock. After several attempts with an extraordinary amount of explosives nothing would have any affect. Fisherman say that any octopus that is caught near the rock are completely inedible.
Legend has it that living on the island at the time was a magician by the name of Kynops (meaning dog face). When he found out that John had arrived in Patmos and was preaching the word of this new god to and baptizing Patmians, Kynops became enraged.
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During this time John spent much of his time repelling the demons that Kynops would dispatch with the specific order to carry off his soul. The story goes that Kynops was so enraged that he set off to find John and confront him.
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*[http://www.ctsp.co.il/LBS%20pages/LBS_patmos.htm Patmos]
He found John at the seashore and put on a sensational display of magic. He dived into the water, emerged with phantoms of recently dead Patmians and then incited his audience to attack John, which they did, leaving him for dead. But the saint revived and confronted Kynops a second and final time the next morning. John said a prayer, the sorcerer plunged into the sea with a triumphant yell, and three days later the populace dispersed, having waited long enough for his reappearance.  
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*[http://glastonbury-patmos.com/patmos.htm  The History of Patmos]
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*[http://www.meandertravel.com/biblicalanatolia/biblical_anatolia.php?details=patmos&m=4&md=sc4  Patmos]
  
 
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The Rock of Kynops refers to a strange looking rock jutting out of the sea in Petra Bay believed to be the petrified body of a satanical wizard by the name of Kynops destroyed during spiritual combat between Kynops and St. John the Theologian. The story of this combat is attributed to the saint's disciple, Prochorus, and contained in an ancient manuscript still kept hidden in the monastery on Patmos island.

Today some 200-300 metres from the point where the big ships now dock at Skala. In the dock itself, there exists a red (or orange) buoy to mark the spot where, just beneath the surface, is a submerged rock that, some people say, is man-shaped and represents the petrified magician.

The locals share the story that during World War II, the Italians sent divers down to dynamite the rock. After several attempts with an extraordinary amount of explosives nothing would have any affect. Fisherman say that any octopus that is caught near the rock are completely inedible.

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