"Amongst our weaponery are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthlessness efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the priest and nice red uniform...Oh, damn!"

Great article btw. Somehow the first painting draws me into wondering what the priests were thinking while performing their "rituals". Especially the one with his head slightly upwards on the right.

Reminds me of the torture museum I went to see in Amsterdam. One of the things they had was a pot they boiled their sinners alive in (what I think was) the earlier years of the Spanish Inquisition, and the description was something along the lines of "the fire would boil away their sins making them perfectly good in the eyes of God". Damn eye-opening stuff for someone who did not grow up under the horrors of religion. Maybe these priests followed the same logic, as a lot of people still do these days.

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Haha, thanks Juno! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Interesting parallel, it makes sense to me. Lots of people are just blidly going along with the rampant waves of irrationalism worldwide.

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