Friday, October 01, 2010
The prophet trodden underfoot...
Just for Kat.
Crescat inquired about the image I used of St. Michael the Archangel trampling upon Satan for the feast of the Archangels, thinking it may have been the prophet Mohamed he was trampling instead. I too had seen an image similar to the St. Michael sculpture. In fact I think it was once a rather common image used to commemorate some victory over Islam, or to represent the truth of Catholic doctrine over Islam. In times of terror (and/or conquest) such allegorical images are considered incendiary. (As Basil Fawltey would say: "They started it!")
The image shown above may be the one Kat was thinking of. It is the base of a pulpit from a church in Belgium.
"Belgian police are guarding a 17th century pulpit in a Catholic Church in the Flemish town of Dendermonde after threats from muslims. The pulpit depicts a man subdued by angels and is believed to represent the triumph of Christianity over Islam. The man is generally thought to be Mohammed. He is also holding a book which is generally assumed to be the Koran. The pulpit in the church of Our Lady dates from 1685-- two years after the battle of Vienna when the Christian armies of the Polish King John III Sobieski defeated the Turks who were poised to overrun Europe." - Full story from 2008
Will I be killed for publishing this now?