Dear Wen: Norman…

Bradfield (7)Dear Wen,

‘Even in a little church not five miles from where I am sitting there is a thirteenth century font with a panel on which is sculptured in low relief the diabolical boar trying to uproot the True Vine with his snout.” – Introduction ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’.

The ‘Sign of Jonah’ is at least as old as the Babylonian Fish-Gods as also is the backward looking beast overcome by Marduk, amongst others if memory serves.

It is always a hot debate when considering a static image whether the form is being swallowed by the fauna or is emerging from it.north meeting 074

The hero usually does both…sometimes cutting a way out!

A lot of the composite beasts were originally calendrical symbols anyway with each different section of the bodily form representing a span of time or season.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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