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Sins (Vices) and Virtues

 

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Link to photos of zodiacs, labour of the month, sins and virtues representations in England, France and Italy.

 

 

 

Cardinal Virtues (Plato)

 

courage (fortitude)

temperance

prudence

justice

 

Theological Virtues (St-Paul)

 

faith

hope

love (charity)

 

 

Seven Deadly Sins and Contrary (Remedial) Virtues (Prudentius c410)

 

Spiritial Sins

Remedial Virtues

pride (vanity)

humility

envy

kindness

anger

patience

Corporal Sins

Remedial Virtues

gluttony

abstinence

lust (sexual greed) (Luxuria)

chastity

greed (avarice) (Avaritia)

generosity (liberality)

sloth

diligence

 

Two of the most pervasive themes of Romanesque bas reliefs were in your face reminders of the horror of the Corporal Sins of greed / avarice (avaritia) and lust / sexual greed (luxuria).  See for example the portal reliefs at Moissac.  More optimistic, and unsurprisingly more rare, was the juxtapositioning of sins and virtues as seen at Autun and Canterbury.  More to come ...

 

 

 

South portal reliefs illustrating avaritia (centre) and luxuria (right) in the Abbey Church of St Pierre, Beaulieu sur Dordogne

 

 

 

Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac - Avaritia

 

Deathbed purging (or possibly ingesting a leg) - the point is that the money bag of greed and avarice does not seem to be helping much.

Note the elf pennanted hemline on the right, a common feature of the devil people's hemlines in Romanesque France..

 

 

 

Punishment for Sodomy - originally on the west facade of Lincoln Cathedral

 

 

 

For more advanced hunters - Luxuria in the roundels of Canterbury Cathedral

 

 

 

Vatican Update - March 2008

(BBC News Site - 10 March 2008)

 

Thou shalt not do

Remedial Virtues

   

Environmental pollution

 

Apparently no suggestions from the Vatican here - maybe the institutional church has finally outed itself as only being interested in sin (albeit now mainly institutional sin - individuals have dropped off the radar as well, which could be said to be just an accurate reflection of worldly reality!).

 

Genetic Manipulation

Accumulating excessive wealth

Inflicting Poverty

Drug trafficking and consumption

Morally debateable experiments

Violation of fundamental rights of human nature

 

 

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