A look at the similarities between these two statues found in Berenger Sauniere's church in Rennes-le-Chateau.
Sauniere's Jesus and the Demon Statues
Jesus and the Demon are both in similar poses. Both the statues were originally furnished with a staff of some sort. The Demon was said to once hold a 3 pronged pitchfork or trident, but it is now missing and no known photograph of it exists. Both are connected by water held in a shell like object. Both are displaying a bared shoulder. They are both looking down at the black and white tiled floor, which seems strange to me. Some have said the checkered floor could represent a chessboard, explaining why some of the statues are staring down at it, to indicate a chess move.
Old photograph of the tiled floor from the Mary Magdalene Church at Rennes-le-Château with Chess board design highlighted.
One of the 'parchments' said by some to have been found by Sauniere in the ancient altar pillar, was decoded by using the knights move on a chest board until it had landed once on every square. Are they connected? As I think the parchments are bogus and modern and have never been gazed on by Sauniere, I have never used the them in my investigations, so I will leave it up to others to validate their worth in solving Saunière's Mystery. Whether the parchments are genuine or not they will be forever connected to the story.
The girl shown here from the Fleury Tableau is not looking up at Jesus as you would expect, but down at the floor by the Jesus statue. (Fleury Tableau Figures)
Maybe this constantly stared at area of floor held a special significance to Sauniere but has nothing to do with the black and white tiles. After finding whatever it was he found during the renovations of his church that started him on his path of mystery, Saunière proceeded to dig up an unknown area of the church floor, could this be the location where he dug and found something? Did he find something of historic or monetary value buried here or perhaps an entrance to the crypt below the church?
Jesus and John the Baptist Statue on the Baptism Font from Sauniere's Rennes-le-Chateau Church
Similar, but not exactly the same, Jesus and John Statues from other churches
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