Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Soccer and Religion

The Nike advertisement featuring Wayne Rooney covered in the "Cross St. George" in blood is remarkable.

Point of interest: the flag is in fact the "Flag of the Resurrection" (see lots of Byzantine and Medieval images of Christ carrying the flag at the resurrection for example by Piero de la Francesca here). St. George carries it because he is the "champion of Christ" (as in a champion in a tournement). Some Greek texts also have him as the "beloved" and "bridegroom" of Christ.

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