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The Devil

Ominously poised above the font in St. Mary's Church, Westwood, Wiltshire

The Devil

Ominously poised above the font in St. Mary's Church, Westwood, Wiltshire

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To scare the devil out of all who enter.
Lisl: I bet it used to have some effect, Michael
He looks quite devilish, is he there to scare the congregation ?
Lisl: I am sure that was his original purpose, Frank
Yikes!
I don't feel it necessary to try to frighten folk into believing... there's a kinder, gentler, more loving way to approach Faith. From my point of view anyway!!
Lisl: You are quite right, Elizabeth. The medieval mind was very different
Oh my, Lisl. After reading Elizabeth's comment, it does make you wonder what the purpose of this is in the church? Do you know?
Lisl: There was a great belief in the power and evil of the Devil in medieval (and later) times. The church held great power teaching hell
Un diable qui n'a pas l'air très méchant.
Lisl: He looks a bit comical, Martine
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 6 Aug 2018, 06:22
"Put fear into people and they believe everything they are being told"....
Lisl, wouldn't you love to know the story behing this devil, to me it almost looks like a friendly dragon, but then I see too many movies.
Love the colours in the stone.
Lisl: Fear was a great part of the teachings of the medieval church
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:02
Welcome to eternal torment!
Lisl: Yeah!
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:15
Un diable pas terrifiant
JP
Lisl: Main non!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:26
Hahaha!! Looks a fun character here; just shows that looks can be deceptive.
Lisl: Be warned, Alan!
A flying pig crossed with a dog
Lisl: And a bit of a bat, Bill
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:57
I like, what must be, the remnants of the original paint.
Lisl: Amazing that. It wasn't visible on the carving, but came out in the photo
I am a bit puzzled as to why this charicature of the Devil, or Satan as he is called in our Baptist church, is so prominent in an Anglican church, I suspect it must be very old and times have changed somewhat since then.
Lisl: From the time when they were still putting put the frighteners on, Brian
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2018, 11:46
This is like erecting a monument to the devil in your church. At least someone seems to have given him a good smack on the head.
Lisl: Perhaps just a timely reminder not to live a sinful life back in those days
It gives me pause...
Lisl: It certainly made me look!
I wouldn't go anywhere near him.
Lisl: Not even for a photograph, Mary?
enough to make the babies cry
Lisl: It might still do that!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Aug 2018, 17:11
With that above the font it enough to put the parents off baptism.
Lisl: Perhaps they don't know until the day - so few parents go to church these days
this sculpture above the font is a good reminder about what the baptism is all about Lisl....petersmile
Lisl: It is, Peter
Definitely devilish!
Lisl: No doubt about it
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 7 Aug 2018, 04:24
scary attempt at depicting the devil, but he's very beautiful according to the Bible
Lisl: This got it all wrong then!

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