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Posted by Lauren on October 23, 2002 at 17:26:35:

In reply to: Whacking Green Sheep 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!

 


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