Thanks, Steph. I appreciate your insights also. I'm glad somebody got into this picture. It says a lot. Surreal is the only word for it, but the Auto da Fe was a historical, documented fact.
The two condemnees at the lower right are so pathetic. One of them has his hands joined in prayer, as if to say, "Oh, Lordee, I didn't mean to say the Trinity was bs, please gimmee another chance. I'll keep my mouth shut."
Also, it's hard to believe that the sado-masochist monster sitting in judgment on the thrown is none other than the revered Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican order and namesake of the island nation, Santo Domingo.
But his life was rocky and much of it an uphill battle.
never a truer word spoken life is one long slog
Yes, but not Hades. Hades wasn't a place of eternal tortune, but merely a place to rest after crossing the river Styx and paying the ferryman, Charon. It took some pretty sexually repressed bishops to come up with the concept of eternal pain and suffering.
Ok, I stand corrected. St Mark even mentions the devil being "cast into everlasting fire". So let me modify my statement by saying the clerics never tried to scare the crap out of believers until 325 and they knew they had national hegemony. They started burning pagan libraries, discouraged learning, and immolated heretics. The eternal-fire meme came into its own. There're still many people today who believe if they miss church on Sunday or blaspheme, eternal torture awaits them.
Psychologically, it keeps believers on a pretty tight leash.
CATHOLIC church the church of fascists nothing to do with CHRISTIANITY