WTF? Jesus with an anus?
DESPITE Spain’s increasing secularity, there are many stores and market stalls still flogging all manner of religious figurines and other forms of Christian iconography in gaudy colours and embellished, for no apparent reason, with spangly stuff and seashells and the like.
But here’s one that had me completely flummoxed – Jesus with a gaping sphincter.Â Or an inexplicable hole where his penis ought to be.
I spotted the object in a large store in Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca, which specialises in knives, swords, replica guns, models of military vehicles and aircraft, as well as Nazi memorabilia – but the symbolism of this tacky tableau – measuring about 6″x8″ – remains a complete mystery to me.
The crucified Christ lies on top of what appears to be a coffin, with soldiers bearing arms at each corner.
And then there’s the word “Franco” on the flag or banner draped over the box.
Will someone please tell me what the damn thing signifies – and why this ghastly piece of tat should retail at an exorbitant 119 euros – that’s well over 100 quid at today’s exchange rate!
Time, I think, for Emily Mapfuwa to spring into action â€¦