Within Without

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When in Germany I ran into a type of statue which seemed to be in every small hamlet. It was of a man and woman back to back with swords drawn. Naked, of course. As I recall I only saw them in small towns. The were inscribed with within without in German. (interhalb außerhalb) I was told that they symbolized the western ideal of marriage, not christian, western. The wife’s role was to defend the family from the evil within, the husbands role was to defend the family from the evil without. I haven’t been able to find an image on the internet, which seems odd, they were as common as “Jesus Saves” signs in North Carolina.

The church had ordered they all be destroyed but they missed the smaller, out of the way hamlets. To those of you who think this is all ancient history, I would remind you that the last castrati died in 1912.

The image at top shows a couple in the swastika position, not in reference to nazi’s but the sanscrit symbol for luck.

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