As a publicity stunt, a picture of Homer Simpson, complete with donut, was painted on the grass near a 17th century “fertility symbol”, the Cerne Abbas Giant


The Cerne Abbas Giant, a chalk outline of an aroused, club-wielding man dating to at least the 17th century, is a revered symbol of fertility among pagans. It is Britain’s largest chalk drawing, carved into the natural chalk rock beneath the turf.

The Giant, for obvious reasons is a fertility symbol.

Local Pagan groups are upset, even though the Homer outline also includes an obvious fertility symbol. Since Homer was painted with biodegradable paint, the Pagans plan to hold a rain ritual to hasten his departure.

Ironically, Homer is the non religious member of the Simpson family, so essentially we will be seeing if the magic of modern pagan symbols are stronger than the rituals of ancient paganism.

As for myself, I figure that if taxpayers can pay for a museum to show the Virgin Mary, a symbol sacred to Christians, Islam, and modern Wiccans, covered with elephant dung then I figure using private funds on a private field should be tolerated.

After all, it’s not like it is a photo of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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