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The Holy Spring.

The Holy Spring.

Aux IV et Vèmes siècles les Armoricains qui vouent un culte aux Divinités Celtes, subissent de vastes flux migratoires en provenance de la Cornouailles Britannique (Devon) et du Pays de Galles. Il semble, d’après les historiens, que ces vagues d’invasions successives se soient écoulées de manière pacifique.
Ces nouveaux venus, «les Bretons», Celtes eux aussi, parlent à peu près la même langue que les Armoricains. Ils ont été «romanisés» et se sont convertis au christianisme. Ils sont conduits par des «chefs spirituels» (en réalité des chefs de clan ou des membres de familles aristocratiques) qui, sitôt installés, se lancent dans une ample campagne d’évangélisation.
Les lieux consacrés aux rituels celtiques sont christianisés : les menhirs sont transformés en calvaires et, comme sur l’image ci-dessus, les sources où l’on vénérait la Déesse des eaux deviennent des fontaines votives.
Au XIX ème siècle encore, et même au début du XXème, les Bretons vénéraient ces anciens «chefs spirituels» devenus avec le temps des saints fondateurs. Chaque soir, à la veillée, on lisait le «Bulez ar Sent» («La vie des Saints») qui racontait leur existence idéalisée et magnifiée...


In IV and Vth centuries the Armorican which worship the Celtic Divinities, undergoes of vast migratory flow from British Cornwall (Devon) and from Wales. It seems, according to the historians, that these waves of successive invasions pass by in a peaceful way.
These newcomers, "the Bretons", Celts too, speak more or less the same language as the Armorican. They were "romanized" and were converted to the Christianity. They are led by "spiritual leaders" (in reality chieftains or members of aristocratic families) who, anytime soon installed, dash in an ample campaign of evangelization.
Places dedicated to the Celtic rites are Christianized : menhirs (standing stones) are transformed into calvaries and, as on the image above, the sources where they worshipped the Goddess of waters become votive fountains.
In XIXth century still, and even at the beginning of the XXth, the Bretons worshipped these former "spiritual leaders" become in time Holy Founders. Every evening, they read " Bulez ar Sent " (" The life of the saints ") which told their idealized and glorified existence...

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Dan Greenberg30-Sep-2017 14:24
Wonderful image of this ancient site overlooking the water. The story behind it is fascinating, so thank you for sharing that. ~BV~
Pierre29-Sep-2017 12:56
Une magnifique image très bien composée! V
Ton T.27-Sep-2017 19:57
A fabulous image of this a mythical place! V
Graeme26-Sep-2017 22:19
Very well captured and such a beautiful scene Danad.V
victorswan22-Sep-2017 21:28
Just super nice compo lovely photography very peaceful well done Daniel BV+
Liz Bickel22-Sep-2017 20:23
Beautiful composition and perspective.
Bryan Murahashi22-Sep-2017 03:51
Beautiful setting.
Tom Munson21-Sep-2017 23:30
Beautifully composed.
Stephanie21-Sep-2017 22:04
Sigh..... such a peaceful & beautiful scene! I truly love this! BV+++
Martin Lamoon21-Sep-2017 17:53
A stunning scene, so well captured.
v
Neil Marcus21-Sep-2017 15:58
Beautiful scene. The sunny ripple on the water adds a little extra beauty."VV"
Walter Otto Koenig21-Sep-2017 15:44
Wonderful image with this perspective. I like the sky and moody lighting. So well composed. "V"
The Heritage man21-Sep-2017 15:16
Very nice view
Jim Coffman21-Sep-2017 15:04
Such a serene scene! Lovely work!!
KAI-WING LEUNG21-Sep-2017 14:51
Beautiful scene! Excellent composition! V
globalgadabout21-Sep-2017 14:46
an appropriate place to worship water..it is a curious site, yet fascinating....the local history is also of great interest..
Nick Paoni21-Sep-2017 14:27
What a peaceful setting. I really like your POV above the small church. Light and colors are terrific.
bill friedlander21-Sep-2017 13:58
A unique and magical place. A lovely location with the sea in the background. V
Helen Betts21-Sep-2017 13:53
What an excellent capture of this attractive scene. Interesting history, too. V.
Blandine Mangin21-Sep-2017 13:30
magnifique ! v
Gerard Koehl21-Sep-2017 13:20
Splendide. V
Frank Tran21-Sep-2017 13:17
Beautifully composed and captured. V+
Range View 21-Sep-2017 12:38
Beautiful image superbly captured.
David.
peterjay4521-Sep-2017 12:31
Wonderful mood and composition in this superb image. The history is fascinating. Outstanding photography, Daniel.
joseantonio21-Sep-2017 12:08
looks like a special place, especially with that sky.V
fdt21-Sep-2017 10:40
Très belle composition.
barbarajoy21-Sep-2017 10:28
Such an evocative scene! V
Ursula Miller21-Sep-2017 09:57
This is such a peaceful mood! Very nice composition. V
Chris Morton21-Sep-2017 09:21
the cross completes the composition, whatever the theology
J Ponces21-Sep-2017 07:10
So beautiful and peaceful! V
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