Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Attention au chien!
The dog statue took my attention because it was just so ... doggy. Here is the guardian through the ages. Guide, protector and friend. However, there are few cultures indeed which do not associate the dog with death, hell or the Underworld. This is exactly because of the dog's role as psychopomp, the conductor of souls. It is said that it has been with us for so long that it even accompanies us through the darkness of death. Dogs are the intermediaries between the worlds. The De Hond/Le Chien statue sculpted by Van Heffen in 1869, is near Schuman station and is in the Parc Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark. It's a very beautiful, formal park - an oasis of greenery in the otherwise built-up administrative district of Brussels. If you dream of being led by a dog, this is generally regarded as being positive. The chances are that you are developing in some way. The tree trunk at the rear looks like the dog is coming from the grounds and about to pounce. Strange effect. not intended!