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Paganism in Architecture (Churchs and such)

There has been an on going discussion on the board about pagan sculptures in Architecture. I'm going to try to gather all the info that has been posted on the boards and place it here so it will not become lost in the chit chat.

I hope you all keep finding these awesome works of art and post them here on this page so others can enjoy them and learn from them.

Thank you.

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Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:22am
Comment by Angela Nightjar

Helen until the trip http://www.glasgownecropolis.org/

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:20am

 

Comment by Helen

Hi Angela,

I used to live near a cemetery and the older part of it was fascinating and the carvings were beautiful.

Yes I agree, that the crafters  and the masons kept the older traditions but I believe it was with the consent of the Bishops otherwise they would have been destroyed or removed more or less at the time. Gods alone knows what the actual thinking was but whether the Bishops didn't consider them dangerous or thought it wasn't worth the hassle of not having them...

Obviously this is just my thinking on the subject.

I haven't been to Scotland but I believe a visit to Edinburgh may happen in the not too distant future... If so, then a trip to Glasgow's necropolis is in order, thank you for mentioning it.

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:19am
Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:18am
Comment by Angela Nightjar

I agree Helen. I think the masons and carvers who worked on the churches, like most of those not in the elite classes preserved and followed older traditions much longer than is given credit for. I always like to do a spooky movie fest for Halloween (I celebrate the secular holiday as Halloween and the religious one as Samhain) which transitions me into the Samhain mood and one of my all time favorites is the original Wicker Man with Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. Full of throwbacks, that is. I bl**dy love old churches and the elaborate old cemeteries. An all time favorite place  is the Necropolis in Glasgow and the cathedral below it. There's a Blackadder aisle and the little Scottish gran who was the docent cracked me up when she said she had trouble keeping a straight face talking about it because she always thought about that "rascally, naughty man on the telly". The little grans were also the ones that told me how to get into the Necropolis through a "wee hole in the fence" because it was locked up and not being cared for. Recently a non-profit has worked to restore it so I "dinna think ye need to use the wee hole" these days.

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:16am
Comment by Helen

Hi Angela,

Yes the Sheila na gig. I bl***y love churches and cathedrals, fascinating places.

What do you make of her?

I think of her in terms of fertility. Not like the green man/lady who disgorge vegetation, or the goddess idols with the huge bellys and breasts who all seem, to me, to be plentiful fertility. I think of her as much much older, a more primordial mother image.

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:12am

Angela Nightjar:  my favorite thing on old churches is the Sheila na gig. I can imagine how such a powerful sexual female image got on those churches! 

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:09am

 

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:08am

 

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:03am

The next five post were shared by Demeter with us.

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 8:00am

 Demeter: I think this one was December.

I wish there were photos of the inside, the building was a work of art in itself.  It'll be criminal of it is knocked down.. and a characterless box put in its place.  :(

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 7:58am

 

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 7:57am

 Demeter:  August from the library frieze.

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 7:55am

 

Comment by Kixs on October 14, 2014 at 7:52am

 This is the library I went to when I was a kid.  Across the top is a frieze of sculptures related to the twelve months of the year and above them a mosaic of the zodiacs.
Sadly it was closed down several years ago, and it is hoped the building wont be demolished.

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