11/13/15 ~ I Met the Black Madonna of Montserrat Today

I find this black Madonna or “La Moreneta,” as she is affectionately called here in Spain, a fascinating and enchanting icon. My guide told me today that this particular statue was originally white but because of some chemical elements in the composition of the face and hands, it turned dark gradually over many years. This statue is from the 1200’s. When they restored it they repainted it brown, and then black.

So it was not originally “black” and I don't know about the other Black Madonnas found in various places around the European world, but speaking from my experience with this one, having met her, seen her, and touched her, it is an interesting phenomenon that she eventually turned black — as if to remind us of the dark depths of feminine divinity, the richness of femininity, and the beautiful fertile soil from which some traditions say we were fashioned from or sprang from as human beings. Some anthropologists say that humanity was originally black and a over millennia, some diversified into having lighter skin.

For me it is like a marker, or a pointer saying please remember the black, the dark; stop the denigration and domination of the darker races (as well as the feminine majority) of this planet because they hold and represent something meaningful in terms of our origin and our connection to the Mother of All Things.

It's interesting that La Moreneta holds the Christ Child in her lap, and an orb in her right hand. I think the globe represents the universality of the feminine principle and how She holds the world in her hand. The world is also her baby, just like the young Christ; one of the representatives of our creation, our divine origin - the ultimate and precious spiritual value that still exists within us now even though so much of humanity has unfortunately forgotten it. But we're here to remind y'all.

 

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