Black Madonna of Marsat
7 1/2 inches high
Hand painted Gypsumstone statue
Marsat: the Valley of the Waters
The Black Virgin of Marsat enjoys
an annual pilgrimage to her church where those who come to thank her do so for
saving the town from the plague. This flowing design stems from the twelfth
century and has a cleansing and purifying nature.
There is a legend that the entire church sometimes fills itself with warm light
only to plunge into darkness whenever someone enters.
The workmen labored in vain to finish the building, so it was completed by three
small boys who mysteriously appeared and then later vanished.
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
and, while anathema to the orthodox church, they are widely venerated as having
esoteric, magical and wonder-working powers.
THE FRENCH BLACK VIRGINS
Whoever the 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
France has more than 300 Black
Virgin places of worship and over 150 Black Virgin statues still in existence.