March 10, 2009
Anti-Muslim Christian Iconography
A statue of Santiago the Muslim killer in Galicia at Santiago de Compostela: (St. James is the Patron saint of Spain and is a popular saint all across the Hispanic world. Those under his horse are representations of slain Muslims).
Muslims and Christians:
Moros y Cristianos is a set of festival activities which are celebrated in many towns and cities of Spain, mainly in the southern Valencian Community; according to popular tradition the festivals commemorate the battles, combats and fights between Muslims and Christians during the period known as Reconquista (from the 8th century through the 15th century).
The festivals represent the capture of the city by the Moors and the subsequent Christian reconquest. The people that take part in the festival are usually enlisted in filaes or comparsas (companies that represent the Christian or Moor legions), and for several days, they parade with bombastic costumes loosely inspired by Medieval fashion. Christians wear fur, metallic helmets, and armor, fire loud arquebuses, and ride horses. In contrast, Moors wear ancient Arab costumes, carry scimitars, and ride real camels or elephants. The festival develops among shots of gunpowder, medieval music, and fireworks, and ends with the Christians winning a simulated battle around a castle.
This Festival is not only celebrated in Spain, but also in the Philipines, (known as moro-moro), and Mexico by Christians.