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The Sacrifice in the Abrahamic Religions. The sacrificed life as the equivocal link between God and Man.
As an extension of the thought about the sacrifices' death as a necessity for the creation of new life, and also as an extension of the tought about the absolute obedience within a belief system, we see an example in the big vertical triptych.
Farangis shows an Islamic and a Jewish priest with the same posture as Mithras, the slayer of the steer, typically displays it: how with his sight turned away he pushes the short sword into the throat of the sacrificed animal and how the animal dies bleeding. Here too analogous to the bleeding steer of the Mithras mystery, the blood of the sacrificed animal is poured into a vessel - now a large drinking glass. In the depiction of three crosses pertaining to Christian symbolism and with the rough indication of a mouth that wants to drink this blood, a linkage that stands between the abrahamic religions becomes plain.
In the range of works entitled FOR EXAMPLE MITHRAS Farangis has dealt with a subject which is currently highly sensitive. In the first few years when she started to work on this theme, it was still rare that contemporary artists from the western cultures dealt with religion. This theme was more expected from the arts of the so called native cultures that are still inspired by their archaic gods in their arts. Almost surprised we notice now, that in our search for our lost values and in midst of an extremely tough and painful confrontation with the non-Christian world, more and more often the sense and the non sense of religiosity is being asked about.
- See the first part of the Mithras Werkzyklus Zum Beispiel Mithras, Part I, on: mithras.farangis.de.
- The Roman Mithras mystery cult, Christianity and the sacrifice.
- The Persian deity Mithras. Click here to read about the historical initials of Mithraism.
Large view of the paintings
- The Suncircle
The torches held up and down by Cautes and Cautopates marking the revolvement of earth and sky.
- The Wind
The wind gods and Mithras rejecting to kill.
- The Slaying of the Bull
The sacrifice in the Mithras cult.
- The Sacrifice in the Abrahamic Religions
The sacrifice as the equivocal link between man and god.