Friday, September 30, 2005

Heaven and Hell

hll01 Something you do not see often in Catholic Churches today. At least the news and if ever you one its not as detailed or probably as creepy as this one. Its not that clear but on the upper part of the painting is heaven in all its majesty and its victory of the angels over the devils. At the center is the Holy Trinity personified by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. At the bottom part encircled by events from the Bible (Old and New Testament) is a vision of Hell and the torments that await sinners. When I saw this one it sort of reminded Haw Par Villas' Ten Courts of Hell. The Villa was in Singapore. I was told the Villa is gone now along with the ten courts of Hell. Oh well... Back, to the Pakil's paiting vision of Hell. Each scene circles until it reaches the center with Satan seemingly enjoying the warmth of Hell. Seems to be a far departure from Dante Alighieri's take on Inferno or Hell in his epic poem La Divina Commedia or the Divine Comedy. In Dante's poem Satan was in the harshest spot in Hell the central zone called Judecca. Satan is condemened to perpetually consuming the bodies of Brutus and Cassius the betrayers of Julius Ceasar; and Satan is also condemned to perpetually eat the head of Judas Iscariot. Judecca is the central zone in the ninth circle of Hell and its reserved for traitors to their Lords and Benefactors. An additional post for today Pakil Church, the passage, heaven & hell


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