Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Alright, here's the deal with the whole Creepy Jesus thing for you newbies out there. My saying this is Creepy Jesus country mean the Pays de la Loire is full of religious zealots. What I mean is that there are scary Jesus-on-the-cross statues on the corner of pretty much every country road you pass by here. I wrote a posts about it here and here on my old blog.

It's not the easiest thing in the world to be here - this area is so linked to my old life as well, and if I'm not paying attention, I could easily turn left on the freeway out of habit and start going back to Bretagne at the end of the day, instead of going right towards Angers. The particular customer I visited today was the one Fab and I had visited the day we broke up. I was a little nervous about going there, but it actually ended up being just fine. Thinking about what happened on that drive home though still gives me little pincement au coeur - how ignorant I was to have looked forward to that day for so long, to not have realized why Fab was trying to get out of coming with me on my visit. I thought he was just worried about being away from the farm for a whole day. But I guess hindsight is 20/20, right?

And on that note, I would like to wish a very happy birthday to Miss Yuri - I wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We live in Finistere and there are a lot of carved stone crucifixes here. My kids keep asking me why "that man" is always there. How to explain the torture and killing of another human to little kids? I agree......they are creepy.

October 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger MISS YURI said...

Thanks Sam!!!!! It has been a good day so far. I'm looking forward to Saturday's party and I wish we could beam you over here!

October 16, 2008 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger La Framéricaine said...

Isn't the Creepy Jesus just the same old Christ on a Cross, only in France. Did you have a different religion in Minnesota?

I can hardly imagine the French versions having anything on the US, Mexican, or Spanish ones. I can hardly wait to see them for myself now.

I thought your Creepy Jesus reference was going to be about, rather unsuccessful, evangelizing in France. Learn something new every damn day!

October 16, 2008 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Ksam said...

I don't know what it's like in CA, but in MN, there certainly aren't statues of Jesus on the cross on every street corner. And certainly not gory ones showing his faced all contorted with pain, covered in blood...

October 16, 2008 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger wcs said...

Those statues are all over France. I think many of them mark pilgrimage routes. Others were just to erected to "watch over" travelers. And they have a name: calvaires.

Check it out.

October 17, 2008 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Ken Broadhurst said...

Hey, France is a Catholic country. Minnesota isn't. The Christ on the Cross thing is very Catholic. Protestants are a little squeamish about such things.

October 17, 2008 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Yep, they are all over France - it's just that in my travels for work, I've noticed they are particularly abundant in the Pays de la Loire.

October 17, 2008 at 9:25 AM  

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