Thursday, July 19, 2007

Popular Culture versus Fake Culture: Cerne Abbas Giant versus Homer Simpson

Update: OLIVER Cromwell... sorry Brits.

Radical Geography has pointed out Homer Simpson is the Cerne Abbas giant new neighbor. The giant Homer icon on the landscape has upset local neo-pagans; however. They claim Homer is disrespectful to their fertility god-thingy.

There is a problem with their argument. The giant is not some pagan symbol but instead probably a parody of Oliver Cromwell dating from the time of the English Civil War.

This does not stop neo-pagans from making up their own history. The Long Man of Wilmington is another cultural landscape adopted into the fake pagan landscape (a "fakescape" if you will). Stonehenge, built before the time of the Druids, is now a popular neo-pagan landmark where people who style themselves druids come to worship.

Catholicgauze is curious what future archaeologist will think thousands of years from now when the trace remains of the Cerne Abbas giant. Maybe, somehow, they will find a picture of Homer by the giant and wonder who these gods were.

3 comments:

Dan tdaxp said...

There is a problem with their argument. The giant is not some pagan symbol but instead probably a parody of Charles Cromwell dating from the time of the English Civil War.

Fascinating!

Tony Cassidy said...

Oliver Cromwell, even better,, don't knock him, he stands proudly outside Parliament, a reminder to Monarchs...

Catholicgauze said...

Fascinating Tony. I guess that landscape message is "Remember Kingy/Queeny, we can behead you at any time."