Sep 23, 2013
The Church Is A Temple
The hotel we stayed in happened to be an old monestary. There were many great religious paintings in the hallways. In fact, there was a huge chapel inside too. Yun and I were admiring a large painting of the Madonna. A hotel worker started to explain to us about the symbolism in the painting. The first thing you notice is that The Blessed Virgin seems overweight. I dug that. He said that she was wearing a large dress that is in the shape of the mountains. The Andes are sacred to the people. It would be to me too if I lived there. Strands of pearls flowed down to the bottom of her outfit. We were informed that they were not pearls but were in fact, kernels of corn. They retrofit the christian story to suit their own tales of worship. Made sense to me. Also churches are called temples. The one I painted is La Merced. You would think that a little town would be happy to have one amazing looking church like this. In Cusco, there are like 10 churches this lavish. They're everywhere you turn. God waits for you at every street corner. I wonder if God knows they are cooking guinea pigs and llamas? No matter, God has bigger issues to deal with.