Wodan still speaks

 

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You do find them all over Europe in Romanesque and Gothic churches: the portrayals of the old pagan god Wodan or Odin, who 'speaks', t.i. different kinds of scrolls coming out of his mouth...
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... as the image of the 'devil' sculptured by masters who came from the south or the north, but always with one thing in mind: the revenge of paganism on behalf of the Roman church...
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... who wanted in fact only examples to convert 'non-believers': so in reality paganism stayed secretly omni-present next to the Christian symbolism up to the Renaissance....
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... the purpose of this page which is open to all, is to bring together an exchange of as many pictures as possible of this sculptures, mostly capitals of church and cloisters columns, and retrace their ways of spread throughout Europe.