1. However, such a legend survives on the establishment of my village Koukouli of Zagori, which i had often heard from elders of the village during my childhood.
They said that the Koukouli village was not built initially on the place that it is now but at a very distant place and on the edge of the forest today called "Petourna". At that time the villagers grazed their goats on the current position of the village .
One day a shepherd while grazing the livestock of the village noticed that when some goats were going to a certain stand of brambles and undergrowth they were getting out from there with their mouths wet.
He had not suspected the existence of water in this part and therefore hastened there , and having set apart the undergrowth, he saw with astonishment an icon of the Mother of God and heard an eerie voice saying: " Bring the village here" .
The horrified shepherd ran and announced to the villagers what he saw and heard.The villagers leaded by the priest went immediately there and found the icon of the Virgin.Below the icon cool water was cooming out of the ground.
This in short is the tradition of how the village was established .
The residents obeyed to the message of the Mother of God and relocated the village at the place where it currently is.
The certain icon of the Virgin which had been found by the shepherd is now positioned over the Beautiful Gate in the large village church. This icon is now covered by silver with the expenses of a godfeared villager. Now only her face is visible.
This icon was often carried into the houses of the village, when a member of a family was at risk due to a severe disease.
In honor of the miraculous icon an annual Feast of the Life Giving Fountain was established and on the spot that the icon was found a Chapel was built, just over the nowadays known as the '' Manthos Dimotsos tap'' (built 1771)..... 'Ipirotiki Estia'' Volume ΙΙΙ(1954), pages 703-70403 - 704) .....
2.The site were the village lies now was in the old days a pasture.
There, the residents of another village called Tsernitsa used to graze their animals . This village was more or less at a distance of an hour walking east of Koukouli and a bit beyond the Baya (= Kipi) village.
This village, i.e. Tsernitsa does not currently exist.
It has been dissolved for many years now.
One day a shepherd from Tsernitsa lost a goat. He searched allaround to find it.
Eventually he found the missing goat hidden in a dense bramble, from which a bit of water was coming out.
The shepherd enetered the hideout of the goat to pull it out and he found an icon of the Virgin which came from the church of Tsernitsa.
He took the picture and went to put it back into its normal position in the church of Tsernitsa.
But what a strange thing!
The icon again left the church and it was found again in the bramble. And once again was brought back to the church. But again the icon left and came into the wet bramble.
The simple minded people have considered this as a miracle and therefore they abandoned Tsernitsa village and came to built the village of Koukouli, according to the divine will.
On the wet bramble they built a church which has been dedicated to the memory of Life Giving Fountain, known by the generic name "PANAGIA"(Virgin).
In this church the residents of the village hοld a festive official worship every first Friday after Easter, while the whole village celebrates "....K. Lazaridis 'Folklore' Volume III, (1966), p.167