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About Temenos

The Name:

 

Temenos is a Greek word meaning ‘a sacred space’. However there was in ancient Athens a temple to Gaia, the earth mother, called Temenos.  At a certain point in its history an earthquake occurred and a crack appeared in the centre of the building revealing a well.  

 

People came from all across the known world for healing by casting honey cakes into the waters.   What was remarkable about this temple was that no one was ever excluded from entering it.     It was a safe and sacred precinct for all. 

 

Even if an escaped prisoner took refuge within its walls no one could order them to leave. The Well at Temenos represents this ancient sacred site, and everyone regardless of creed or station in life is welcome to come to heal or rest.

 

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