Mystical statues of Rome

Many monuments attributed mystical properties. It is not surprising: after all, every sculpture is a symbol of something or carries the power of the people she represents. In Rome, many statues of ancient deities, which are considered the patron saint: Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Juno. Some deities once considered dangerous to humans.

That's what event occurred around the beginning of XIV century. At that time, Italy was defeated by a peasant uprising against feudal lords, headed by the leader of the sect "Apostolic Brothers" — a priest named Dolcino. He managed to put together an army of several thousand people. They looted and plundered monasteries, castles and houses of the rich.

Pope Clement V tried to crush the uprising. Finally its leaders were captured and sentenced to be burned. Among them was Dolcino girlfriend Margaret. Dying in a fire, she threw in his executioners tarantula with the words:

— When in Rome, will play the flute pagan idol, the city will capture a myriad of tarantulas, and damn heathen city shall die by the spider's poison!

Dire predictions spread to Rome. Its inhabitants in a panic rushed to look around the city sculptures Faun, which is known to be shown playing the flute. And they found, they do! Marble statue, as it should be, holding a flute, hidden among the ruins of an old building in the Lateran. Someone allegedly heard at night there came the sound of a musical instrument …

Townspeople pitched sculpture, but it was too late to Rome were hordes of tarantulas! They were everywhere: on the streets, in the homes of the poor and the rich. Many Romans then allegedly died from the bite, though modern scholars believe that this insect bite is rarely fatal to humans. But would argue with the curse of the witch!

Some doctor advised citizens after a tarantula bite breaks into a dance — they say that it is the blood in the body and weaken the effect of the venom. People followed the advice, and soon the whole of Rome squirmed in dancing. Everywhere there was music, and bite people danced to a frenzy, until they fell from exhaustion in convulsions. So though he was born an Italian tarantella dance, whose name derives from "Tarantula" …

Foreign traders, seeing such madness at bay closed their shops and going out of the city. But one of them — whether African, or Arab descent — gave more "delny" advice in terms of magic. He ordered the Romans to collect shards of a broken statue of the Faun, wrapped in cow or horse hide and buried away from the city. Fawn will play the flute and would lead the spiders along. Thus, in a day should not be music. And should be released to the streets of sheep — they will eat those tarantulas have not heard a flute Faun.

Unhappy citizens were willing to do anything to get rid of poisonous vermin. They did everything as the man said. And tarantulas actually disappeared somewhere! Glad Romans even wanted to erect a monument sheep-deliverer, but the Catholic authorities banned: they felt that such a statue would be too like a pagan idol.

Numerous Roman fountains are the "Wishmaster". Since the XVIII century in the Eternal City has a tradition: to come to the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin over your shoulder — then surely return to the Eternal City. The second coin to be rubbed on your clothes — it will bring luck in love, and the third — to throw as far as possible from the fountain: if you in this city will always remain luck.

Another similar function performs a marble statue of a cat on the street Via della GATT, on the ledge of the former palace Grazioli, where now is located the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy. Legend tells that once the daughter of one of the owners of the palace in secret from his parents met with a poor boy, a foreign officer. Learning of this, the father placed her under house arrest. Notes of love with each other communicable cat girl, whom she somehow managed to train a. Love letters tied with a thread to his belly.

Once beloved agreed to run together. The officer has developed a detailed plan of escape, and as always, tied a piece of paper to the cat belly. But, going to her mistress, the animal died under the wheels of a passing carriage. The message did not reach its destination, and the correspondence ceased. Soon the regiment, which served as a youth, was transferred somewhere, and the couple never saw. Some time later, the daughter of the owner of the palace commissioned sculptor statue of a cat. It was installed on the ledge of the very room where the poor languished locked up … Since then, there was a tradition of Roman lovers: to come to the windows of the palace, to see the marble cat and make a wish …

Category: Unexplained Phenomena

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