Plans to erect a giant fibreglass replica of the Rio De Janeiro ‘Redeemer Statue’ on top of London’s posh Primrose Hill have been revealed. The project will be funded by the Brazilian government to mark the end of the London 2012 Olympics and the hand over of the torch to the Rio Olympic committee for the 2016 Games. The installation, is based on the famous statue which overlooks Rio harbour from Corcovado mountain.
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As yet, no one has mentioned Druids. However, Primrose Hill in London has been an important meeting place for UK Druid groups for pretty much as long as there have been modern Druids. Those early groups would have been more fraternal and probably self-identifying as Christian, so it’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, their contemporary descendents have to say about it.
Having poked about online a bit this morning, I’ve not found any druid feedback, but I have found a lot of people protesting that, surely, Brazil has more important things to spend money on than sticking a statue in London. I have to agree with that. Coming at this as a Druid, the idea of a Christ image at what I personally consider a druid-associated site is at worst, a bit odd and uncomfortable. I don’t live or celebrate there, so my perspective is pretty irrelevant. I would care far more about supporting the wishes of those whose space it is. And mostly they seem perplexed, at present.
It is a lot of money to spend when Brazil has rainforests to protect, illegal logging and drugs crime to deal with, a terrifying murder rate and terrible poverty. Jesus and Druids alike ought to be more interested in sorting that out than spending money on something that no one really seems to want and certainly nobody needs.