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Pano Zodeia is a twin village of Kato Zodia located five kilometers southeast of the town of Morphou/Güzelyurt,, and in the middle of the Morphou plain. Apparently Zodeia means “ghost” or “witch” in Greek. Turkish Cypriots changed the name to Yukarı (Upper) Bostancı in 1975. Bostancı means “gardener.” Zodeia also hosts one of the six checkpoints for travel across the Green Line.
Historical Population:

As can be seen from the chart above, from the Ottoman census of 1831 until 1974, Greek Cypriots constituted the sole inhabitants of the village. Throughout the British period, the Greek Cypriot population of the village increased significantly, from 423 in 1891 to 1345 in 1960.


In August 1974, all the Greek Cypriots of the village fled from the advancing Turkish army. According to Goodwin, many of the displaced families from Zodeia were resettled in Kato Polemidia(277) and Pano Polemidia(278). The number of Greek Cypriots displaced from Pano Zodeia was approximately 1,650 (1,630 in 1973).

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is mainly inhabited by displaced Turkish Cypriots from Agios Ioannis(285) in the Paphos district. There are also some families from various other Paphos and Limassol villages, including: Episkopi(262), Asomatos(259), Malia(270) Silikou(280) and Kantou(265) in the Limassol district; and Kidasi(310), Tera(339), Vretsia(342), Agios Georgios(284) and Gialia/Yayla(307) in the Paphos district. There are also some families from Turkey who settled in the village in 1976-77. During the orange-picking seasons, the village also hosts many seasonal agricultural workers from Turkey. They are usually lodged in tents or prefabricated accommodations that are specifically erected for them, usually located in the orange orchards where they work.  

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