hans peper wrote:
Some people say, that the stations of the cross are made by a factory in Toulouse (Giscard) and they are hundredwise sold in several churches. So its impossible, that special hints are in it.
This is right, but Sauniers artist's painted the sulptures and reliefs and the background . Sometimes they create or change something in the half-relief. That means, that we must have a look at that parts of the crossway, which are made by the custumers, in this case Saunier and his artist.
I will give you an example and take the no. 1 which is the beginning of the message. All we found is, that the young man at the right side could be the rock de negre and on the lower side we can see an entrance. Thats it.
But if we want to have a look at the things what Saunier made, we must take the painted background. There is nothing to see but a rock on a hill. It could be Golgatha, because the justice points to it, and we hear : "Take him to the hill".
Jesus is a sculpture and the soldier is a relief. That means, that the head of Jesus could hide some further details of the background. So I found a pic, which is shooten from the very left side. This pic tell us, that there is a second hill behind Jesus's head. If we stand in front of the station #1 we cannot see the second hill, because it is behind or better "in" the head of Jesus. That means, he is thinking about a second "secret" hill, while the other people are thinking about Golgatha. But there is more place right from the hill, but we cant see it in these fotos.Pic #1 : left = front view. right is very left view. Pic#2 : left = very right view, right = Detail from left side.
KWS1 schräg und gerade.jpg
In the last summer, I asked a man who made a journey to RLC for a pic from the very right side of the station #1. And he did it. I was surprised to see, that there is a tower painted. Painted on a place, where nobody can see him ? Amazing !
KWS1 schräg von rechts.jpg
The message is :
While the others are thinking about Golgatha, Jesus is thinking about a hill and a tower. These fact's are not known until now. This is the "opening" message of Saunier and the key to the rest of the crossway stations. The crossway shows us two ways. One official way to the hill and a secret way to the tower.
That is interesting Hans
I never knew there was a Tower back there ....Magdala Tour perhaps
But speaking of the station of the cross
I have always been fascinated at the left hand of the guy in green
It looks like the head of a snake
What is shown is that something is hidden the Brazen Serpent
Moses then erects a pole with a brazen serpent on it, and as we see from Number 21:9 "Any who are bitten may look upon it and not die".
Goethe called "The Green Snake" we learn of a king who enters a mysterious temple where he through comparisons and choices is taught how to gap the bridge between the human mistakes and the ideal state.
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