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The Black Madonna by Destiny Kinal
To many who have studied the more than 500 Black Madonna in Europe, the deity reminds us that devotion to The Mother did not disappear three to five thousand years ago with the appearances of the sky gods in the Middle East, but went underground.
The source of Destiny Kinal’s inspiration in her novel Burning Silk is the Black Madonna at the mouth of France’s Rhone River in The Camargue.
This Black Madonna stands in a crypt beneath a small church in Saintes Maries de la Mer. Nothing subterranean exists in this small church concerning the worship of the Black Madonna: the walls of the church are covered with primitive paintings from earlier centuries depicting life events in which people are rising from sick beds, escaping being trampled by horses, saved from drowning at sea. Each dated painting features a blue aura in the upper margin with the three women in a boat coming to rescue the devotee from harm… read the rest