Whacking Green Sheep
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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 23, 2002 at 16:46:44:
Came across this while researching my paper on henna in Spain between
800 and 1560. It was just too much fun to keep to myself!
The poor monk who did this illumination was bewildered. He was a
French Monk in Northern France in 1300 and he was told to precisely
copy a bible. He was a good monk and endeavored to do what he was
told. He saw green *somethings* with four legs and gave it his best shot.
He copied a bible done for King Sancho el Fuerte of Navarre in 1194.
King Sancho was on very good terms with the Muslims and Mudejars, in
his kingdom, and had an alliance with the king of Grenada, and was
allied AGAINST his fellow Christian rulers. He married a Muslim
princess. He was close to and understood the ritual symbology of
Christians, Jews and Muslims and saw how they were interrelated. So ...
The top half of this painting is "The last Supper" The bottom half is
the preparation of animals for Id. The Crucifixion and Id and
Passover are interrelated rituals. The species on these creatures is
indeterminate ... they're too small for donkeys, but they have hooves,
and they're painted in context with "the Last Supper" So .... if
this is a painting representing Id/Last Supper/Passover ... THEN GREEN
SHEEP (or goats) MAKE SENSE! At Id, the ram (sheep, goat, domestic
ruminant of choice) is HENNAED prior to sacrifice! King Sancho would
have understood the connection, AND he would have SEEN
sheep/goats/sacrifice of choice hennaed in preparation for sacrifice.
The poor French copiest had no clue what he was looking at.
Finding this totally tripped me out! Hope you like it too!