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The Petrified Urchin
Image credit: © Robin Wainwright 2009 All rights reserved and junk

Uploader comment: This was taken in July 2006 at the Church of St. Martin's in the Wall in Prague. Street children used to climb onto the roof of the church in order to take young pigeons from their nests to eat. According to local legend, one such boy was sitting on the roof, making a lot of noise and being a general nuisance. When a passer-by scolded him for his behaviour, the boy pulled a face at him, at which point the passer-by, a man in a black cloak, turned to face him, raised his arms and muttered something. The boy turned to stone and has remained rooted to the spot ever since.br / br / I find this to be an interesting story. Which came first, the sculpture or the legend? It's certainly an extremely atypical gargoyle. And who is the cloaked stranger supposed to be? A wizard, the Devil, Death?br / br / Just thought I'd bring the tale to your collective attention. I couldn't think of a better section upload this in.br / br / Source: Prague Legends by Alena Ježková (Práh 2006)

   

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Comment icon #1 Posted by grnpaed on 22 April, 2011, 14:48
Nice legend. I heard that this is a metaphoric depiction of Man ridiculing God and suffering the consequences.The Man In Black of your story might represent an aspect of a vengeful God.
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