Chris Muir's Day By Day

Monday, September 29, 2014

Today's Vocabulary Word

Cephalophore.

A cephalophore is a Catholic saint, a beheaded martyr, one who is noted for miracles surrounding the circumstances of the beheading. St. Paul is supposed to have been one of the earliest cephalophores, if not the very first. Cephalophores are portrayed in paintings, sculpture and other media as standing upright, with the head cradled in the arms:



update: It occurs to me that beheading is topical, these days.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Yeah, first one of those I saw in Rome in 69, I was going WTF??? Until I got told about the symbology, then it all made sense