The State of Orthodoxy
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According to Greek mythology, Mount Athos is associated with the giant battle between the Giants and the Olympian gods, the leader of the former was Athos. In the conflict, Athos threw a huge stone volume against God Poseidon, but it escaped from his hands and fell into the sea, forming the piece of land where Mount Athos is located today. …
The Monastic institutions of Mount Athos are divided into six classes: the Holy Monasteries or Monasteries, the Sketes, the Cells, the Huts, the Seats and the Hermitages. Monasteries today are all communal. In the past some were peculiar. In commons, the brothers have everything in common and nothing they own. The Monastery is headed by a life-long Abbot, the Community …
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