of Cleremont-Ferrand in France
8.75 inches high
Hand painted resin statue; each one is unique.
The Lost Madonna
Motherly love, mercy and boundless
concern for her children are the hallmarks of this Black Virgin. She blesses the
infertile with children and heals unhappy marriages. In the Middle Ages, she was
highly celebrated with her own pilgrimage and festival in her town of
Cleremont-Ferrand in central France.
Re-discovered during cathedral renovations in 1974, this Black Madonna was
sealed up in the walls, hidden away and protected from some long forgotten
danger. She is in symbol and in fact an example of reclaiming the Sacred
Her jet black darkness was widely assumed to be due to her middle eastern blood.
"The Bride is black, swarthy from her labors in her brothers'
-- Song of Solomon.
The Black Madonna images in European
pilgrimage shrines are a matter of some controversy. Throughout Europe
there are over 500 examples of these black images (most in France and Italy)
and, while anathema to the orthodox church, they are widely venerated as having
esoteric, magical and wonder-working powers.
THE FRENCH BLACK
enigmatic Black Virgin may be, she holds a powerful attraction for her millions
of devotees around the world. Her sacred sites stand on highly charged earth
energy centres, enhanced by megalithic ley-lines and sacred architecture.
From ancient times
to the present, people have undertaken pilgrimages to her shrines as a way to
explore her mysteries and to enable her to do her miraculous work of healing,
transformation and inspiration.
more than 300 Black Virgin places of worship and over 150 Black Virgin statues
still in existence.
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