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More about the pic of the week – Fucking, Austria

Fucking, AustriaYes, it is real. It’s a city in Austria.

Thought I’d add something fun for April Fool’s Day, although the city is real.

Fucking, Austria is a village in Tarsdorf in the north of Austria. The village is famous because of its name, and so its road signs are a popular tourist attraction. Us silly English-speakers. The signs were actually stolen often, but in 2005 they were modified to be theft-resistant. Strangely, the theft of the signs are the only crime ever reported in the village.

The village is believed to have been founded by a Bavarian nobelman named Focko, but this isn’t as strange as the habits of tourists after the signs were anti-theft: the village installed CCTV cameras in 2009 to stop tourists from filming themselves having sex in front of the signs.

Another strange anecdote: a German brewery was forbidden from naming one of their beers “Fucking Hell”. They appealed and the beer was allowed when the company explained it was named of the city, and the German term for pale lager: Hell.

More about the pic of the week – The Ecstacy of Saint Teresa

 

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Felicien Rops

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Felicien Rops

This image is about the supposedly intimate attachment Saints have to god. I think in psychoanalysis, sexual ecstasy is linked to religious ecstasy as a replacement to each other.

 

This quote is from Saint Teresa’s description of her religious ecstasy:

“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it”.

More about the Pic of the Week – March 12

 

Aeneas and Dido

Aeneas and Dido

 

The Aenied tells the story of one of the last survivors of Troy, Aeneas. He is told to found the next major Trojan city, and he happens upon Queen Dido of Carthage.

They fall in love, but much like all the other tragic romances in Greek legend, Aeneas leaves her, and she commits suicide by throwing herself off a pinnacle of her palace.

Happy story I know! 😉

Here is the passage to which the image alludes to:

Meantime, the gath’ring clouds obscure the skies:
From pole to pole the forky lightning flies;
The rattling thunders roll; and Juno pours
A wintry deluge down, and sounding show’rs.
The company, dispers’d, to converts ride,
And seek the homely cots, or mountain’s hollow side.
The rapid rains, descending from the hills,
To rolling torrents raise the creeping rills.
The queen and prince, as love or fortune guides,
One common cavern in her bosom hides.
Then first the trembling earth the signal gave,
And flashing fires enlighten all the cave;
Hell from below, and Juno from above,
And howling nymphs, were conscious of their love.
From this ill-omen’d hour in time arose
Debate and death, and all succeeding woes.

More about the Pic of the Week – March 5

Women are always at the center of life.

Women in Iran in the 15th century could attend intellectual discussions, though it was unusual, but female scholars decreased in the 15th century. Marriages were more frequent back then, with some women in Egypt and Syria marrying more than once – even sometimes more than three times. It appears that as many as three out of ten marriages in the 15th century in Egypt ended in divorce.

In the Quran, women are regarded as the equals of men before God in terms of their religious duties, while men are still responsible for their care. However, it stresses that men and women were created for each other’s mutual benefit.

The religious text also considers the love between men and women to be a sign of God. Some believe that Islam joins sexual pleasure within marriage, and a high value is placed on female chastity.

For more about Women in Islam, click here.