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Rops, Felicien - The Sacrifice

Identifier

010537

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

In Felicien Rops’ drawing ‘The Sacrifice’ we see the tunnel/snake leading from a largely sexless moon figure of somewhat frightening aspect – faceless but with two horns, there are cherubs in the sky – but dark cherubs with the heads of skulls. 

We can interpret this two ways.  The simplest way would be to say this figure is in essence death – it is not impregnating the woman but taking her soul from her back to the empty moon – hence the name of the picture - sacrifice.

But the more complex way is to think that it may signify birth - the soul being delivered to the baby of a woman giving birth, which is why the placenta is shown at the base of the picture.  The sacrifice is to become physical.

The altar, being rectangular symbolises earth.

A description of the experience

The source of the experience

Rops, Félicien

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Birth
Earth

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Believing in the spiritual world

Commonsteps

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