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Thread: Epiphany

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    Epiphany

    Here's a sketch of the good witch we call Befana, who once, according to our traditions took gifts to kids on the 6th of January (or ash and coal if they didn't behave well). Santa Claus, Babbo Natale for us in most of Italy, is a far more recent character, like the tree, and at Christmas too gifts came from Baby Jesus some decades ago.
    It's a quick and unfinished sketch I hope You like ...

    Here You can see some images of the Befana in Piazza Navona, Roma.
    http://www.google.it/images?um=1&hl=...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    Kids used to go there on the 6th of January.
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    Last edited by Caesar; 12-11-2010 at 02:08 PM.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    A good witch who delivers gifts...never heard that before...thanks for sharing
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    Thanks for the background info. Very interesting..
    Cool witch...
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    Excellent Drawing!!!!
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    Wonderful sketching Caesar and thank you for the interesting reading

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    lot of character..nice job my mate...
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    You know, dear Semd, my country is so ancient and has so many regional cultures too, that they can hardly be known anywhere. For instance, Santa Claus itself was derived from the one of the greatest Saints, venerated by both Catholics and Orthodoxes and the rest of Europe before Luther, who was told to make many miracles and whose body was taken in Bari (southern Italy, Apulia) from Eastern Europe and away from infidels who conquered Myra (as the muslims were considered, just as they did on their turn and fundamentalist still do). He rests there in a cathedral where both catholic and Russian orthodoxes priests take care of: San Nicola, Santa Nicola in our southern dialects, Santa Niklaus in northern Europe. He was thought to give gifts to children, probably because he liked them and resurrected one of them, if I remind well.

    You're welcome, dear Barnburner! Here above something also concerning Santa ...

    Thank You dear Jibes, Jean and Waheed. It was just a quick sketch, but an inspired one. Also a sign of admiration for Nickillus fantastic characters.
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    What a great drawing Cesare and what a great face she has. She has a great twinkle in her eye, infact the whole thing is just GREAT
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    Great sketch, Caesar! She seems to be a more colorful version of La Noche de los Reyes (the night of the kings), where the three kings bring gifts on 6 January.
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