Southern Cross


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From the legend of Theresa of Avila:

As a young girl, she had read all the ancient tales of female Christian martyrs like Eulalia and Leocadia, Barbara and Juliana... She had always been seeking for the details of their cruel tortures. She had learned about the flogging and the iron hooks that had torn their naked skin, and about the torches they had been burned with... The young girl was so impressed by these tales of  martyrdom, that she began to fantasize about leaving her parents, going to the pagan Moors and sharing a similar fate of torment and violation...



Adriaen Collaert
(Flemish, 1560-1618)
The Martyrdom of Saint Eulalia
from: "Triumphus Jesu Christi Crucifixi" (plate 10)