Segovia WILL get its jolly devil, despite warnings of ‘satanic tourism’

Segovia WILL get its jolly devil, despite warnings of ‘satanic tourism’ January 22, 2019

A JUDGE has given the green light to a statue that a cluster of Catholic killjoys tried to have banned on the grounds that it would  make the Spanish city a focus of satanic worship.

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The statue’s sculptor, José Antonio Abella, above, said he was delighted at the judge’s decision and hoped it would end the media frenzy that gripped the city after the sculpture was first unveiled.

The judge’s dismissal of an injunction sought by the San Miguel and San Frutos Association was reported by the Guardian which said that the local council commissioned the statue to celebrate the legend that its Roman aqueduct was built by the devil in a single night – and to get tourists into less-visited neighbourhoods.

The plan to erect Abella’s piece – showing a jovial devil taking a selfie – was temporarily halted after a local Catholic group launched an online petition claiming it was overly friendly and insufficiently abominable to constitute an accurate representation of Satan.

The group whined that Abella’s creation “glorified evil” and would be deeply offensive to Catholics. It argued that in “sacred iconography” Satan is always shown to be “despicable and repulsive” and that people would find “a good-natured” devil grossly abhorrent.

Their petition to get rid of the statue gathered more than 5,600 signatures in three months.

Maria Esther Lázaro, a founder of the association, is reported here as saying:

We found it repulsive, we think it’s obscene, and we don’t think that this statue is suitable to represent the city

The group also expressed fears that the bronze statue could prove a magnet for people inclined towards diabolical veneration.

But the city council was informed  last week that the judge had dismissed the complaint and ordered the complainants to pay €500 (£440) in legal costs.

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Segovia’s heritage councillor, Claudia de Santos, above, said the decision meant the statue could be installed as early as this week on the intended spot 200 metres from the aqueduct.

She said:

We’re living in a time when people and groups can use social media to amplify their grievances when they feel their rights are being attacked. But I think the great majority of Segovians would see what they’ve done as irrational. We don’t understand how they can claim that this statue somehow violates their religious sensibilities.

She added that the council’s aim had always been to use the legend and statue to attract more visitors to other examples of the city’s Roman and medieval splendours.

Asked how the council felt about suggestions that the statue could make Segovia a pilgrimage site for satanists, De Santos replied:

I don’t think there’s any possible answer to that question. I don’t have the intellectual capacity to counter it and I doubt there is such a thing as satanic tourism.

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Meanwhile, it’s reported here that a 20-ft statue of Satan, placed outside the Lahore Museum in Pakistan, has been removed after a public outcry and a court hearing.

Sculpture has become increasingly unacceptable in Pakistan, notably since General Zia’s Islamisation in the 1980s when even the paintings that depicted the human figure, and especially the nudes, were banned.

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  • Bunch of assholes. That said, that is the country where despite Francoism having ended decades ago a former home affairs minister condecorated a virgin (Mary) as she’s the patron of police, or something alike, and where some people who have mocked religious beliefs in public have been sued and judged.

    Spain (Madrid) has also this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuente_del_Angel_Caido and no one complains about Satanic masses being celebrated around it.

  • Broga

    Nice pecs.

  • Katherine A.

    When I was a Catholic, I remember learning that Satan tries to attract people by not looking scary or “repulsive”- at least not at first. Satan was said to once be a beautiful angel. Satan is suppose to be an evil master mind and a manipulator. How is he suppose to attract people to be evil if he looks like a scary monster? Isn’t evil suppose to be like a flame to a moth? He doesn’t have to appear handsome but at least he would have to appear to be a nondescript human to not scare people from selling their souls. Even a human manipulator knows that you have to appear charming, affable, funny, or whatever quality the other person values to be able to successfully manipulate people. Why is a jolly devil statue such a big problem or even heresy?

  • DanD

    I can’t remember exactly where, and it was most of a decade ago, but I had a really good roast suckling pig in Segovia. If you decide to do some Satanic Tourism, get the Rick Steve’s book, and see if he still recommends a place a little north of the line of the Aqueduct near where the surviving section ends. It’s worth the extra walk.

  • EllyR

    Competition is always a problem and should be avoided at any cost… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d5deb6715d9a87291b2abc0c90cc0729bbbbd705224f3af020f9984e607dd1f.jpg

  • Katherine A.
  • barriejohn

    The devil’s in the detail.

  • barriejohn

    I can tell you that fundamentalist Christians believe the same thing, and point out that the “serpent” of Genesis was a “shining one”, who walked on two feet before being cursed, and so appeared attractive to the dimwitted (woman!) Eve, and beguiled her. I heard all this in the late 20th Century, as I wasn’t alive in the 15th Century, believe it or not.

    The following you may find amusing or very worrying:

    https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/garden-of-eden/did-the-serpent-originally-have-legs/

  • Kevin K

    I don’t think there’s any possible answer to that question. I don’t have the intellectual capacity to counter it and I doubt there is such a thing as satanic tourism.

    Well, there is now!

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “The group whined that Abella’s creation “glorified evil””

    Evil? According to the Bible,Satan killed 8 people ( Job’s family) AFTER god gave himpermission to killt hem.God killed millions of people or ordered them killed.

    Which one is the evil one again?

    “and would be
    deeply offensive to Catholics”

    Not relevant. Catholics don’t have a right to not be offended.

    “. It argued that in “sacred iconography”
    Satan is always shown to be “despicable and repulsive” and that people
    would find “a good-natured” devil grossly abhorrent.”

    Yes,they should only be allowed to put up nice Christian icons…how about Jesus nailed to a cross and wearing a crown of thorns?

  • C_Alan_Nault

    The devil better watch closely,according to the Bible god has a habit of cheating when he wrestles. The Bible says god wrestled with Jacob all night,but was unable to break free from the hold Jacob had on him… even AFTER using his god power to cheat and dislocate Jacob’s hip. The jerk ( god) didn’t even heal Jacob after being defeated by him.

    Genesis 32:24-30