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The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"
Explore score
0.38 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 03, 2011
Date taken
Apr 03, 2011

Gigapan Pro + Canon 7D + 18-55...


This is the location in Béziers where I took www.gigapan.org/gigapans/74035/ (from right in the corner behind the tree). This is a very peaceful spot that was being enjoyed by a steady stream of locals, none of who I managed to get in the shot. C'est la vie.

The title refers to the question of the significance of statues of figures standing on crescent-shaped objects. The matter first arose in www.gigapan.org/gigapans/70334/ where there is a statue of the Virgin Mary standing on - what I would say - is the head of a bull. This makes sense to me as it is taken in Granda where bull-fighting is tolerated. Cmlbath maintains that what we see is the crescent of the Moon rather than a pair of bull's horns.

In this picture we again see a statue of someone (presumably the Virgin Mary - I forgot to check) standing on horns/the moon. This image is taken in a town with two bullfighting arena so I am inclined to stick to my theory.

I will be interested to hear from anyone who actually knows. And by 'know' I do not mean 'I read something on the internet that agrees with my point of view so it must be right' :-)

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (April 04, 2011, 02:07PM )

    Ah, Engle has spoken. Sorry Chris :-) By the way, you can see this church (I think) in www.gigapan.org/gigapans/74240/

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (April 04, 2011, 07:47AM )

    It is common knowledge that Mary is the patron saint of bullfighters and this statue has her standing on a deceased bull ... which is better than a statue of Mary standing on a bullfighter. There are many references to her as the bullfighter patron saint; one that comes to mind is: www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/seville /sights/art/basilica-macarena Will open in
a new tab or window ... Note: I see no reference(s) as to Mary being the patron saint of lunarians, especially so in this case of Beziers being one of the bullfighting capitals of the world.

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (April 04, 2011, 07:23AM )

    If you look at the shape of the 'Moon' you will see that it is not a proper crescent shape - it is too flat at the bottom. I'm sure the sculptor would have been capable of rendering a fragment of a circle if s/he has needed to. But they didn't and it looks like a bull's horns so that's what it is. Q.E.D.

  4. C Lloyd

    C Lloyd (April 04, 2011, 06:31AM )

    It is the Virgin Mary. Standing on the moon, as from the book of Revelations. One of the many symbols connected with her. The moon as a goddess symbol of course, is much older. Older religions tend to get tacked onto newer ones, the Romans did a lot of that. A lot of Mithras in Christianity for example, and the Romans swiped lots of Gods from the Greeks.

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