Cypriot superstitions impressed the American missionary Lorenzo Warriner Pease as did the diseases that plagued the island:
The nurse saw a cloth of Lucinda on the floor, which Mrs. Pease was sweeping away and snatched up, because she was afraid that the child would die, if it was swept away. Mrs. Pease tore it up and threw it away. She also keeps all her hair that she combs from her head.
Dr Valsamachi told me that from October to February last plurisis, angina and peripneumonia prevailed. From the end of February to the end of April exanthemata, scarletina, fibri milianis etc. from the end of April to the end of August and middle of September diarrhoeas, dissenteris, mild enteritis, ophthalmia, the latter of which still continues in force.