Pharyngula

Ribbed for your partner’s pleasure!

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Am I some kind of preeevert or something? Because when I see this turtle’s plastron, which some say has an image of the Virgin Mary, I see something completely different. When did a featureless tube with a nipple-like bump at the top acquire this peculiar association with virginity, I wonder?

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  1. #1 Ichthyic
    August 30, 2006

    as to the whole virgin mary/xian fish imagery…

    anyone interested might want to investigate the adoption of such imagery from pre-existing secular and pagan sources:

    http://www.halexandria.org/dward097.htm

    http://altreligion.about.com/library/glossary/symbols/bldefsvesica.htm

    It never ceases to amaze me how many xians I meet who are completely ignorant of the source of much of the imagery, symbolism, and ritual that has been subsumed into their religion.

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