Pagan spell on Gellért Hill in Budapest
It’s Halloween. The spookiest day of the year. Strange things happen. I thought it would be fun to take you all the way up Gellért Hill, show you some beautiful panoramic pics of Budapest. But some restless souls of the dead messed with my post trying to spoil it all. Frivolous spirits.
Well, thank God, we have the pope. The Vatican strongly condemns the traditions associated with Halloween as being “pagan” and “anti-Christian“. And right so.
Ghosts, witches, fairies! Fooling around is all you care about!
The whole point of walking the Gellért Hill is ‘Gellért’, the Italian bishop who brought Christianity to Hungary and played a major role in converting pagans. He knew all about pagans – poor, uneducated country folk, who eventually got very pissed (not feeling the Christian vibe) and rolled Gellért down the hill in a barrel, so he could die as a martyr. Christianity got pretty popular after that.
This is the historic monument of Saint Gerard Sagredo (Hungarian: Szent Sagredo Gellért). To his feet, the pagan with braided hair and a moustache. That must have provoked any bold monk. Wait, something is wrong…
I totally understand why some Christians feel concerned and reject new age celebrations of Halloween. It totally trivialises and celebrates paganism and occult practices which are incompatible with Christian life. Oh, no, look! Not again, stupid pagan pranks!
Mischievous spirits! Please ignore any signs of profane Halloween and just enjoy the panorama on top of Gellért Hill.
Beautiful view. Hm. I’ve got a ‘creepy feeling’. You know what I mean?
1850. Budapest was beginning to prosper after the Inquisition got rid of all evil spirits. They did, right? Arghhhhh! Care for a bonfire anyone?
At the Gellért Hill, you will eventually get to the Christian temple of devotion. The Cave Church.
Well, truthfully, I wasn’t sure I would make it to Cave Church, because on my way to the church I heard ‘Cthulhu calling‘ and suddenly I was plagued by heretic thoughts… that Christianity is now two thousand years around, still not keeping up with developments, sort of getting out of date… about Cthulhu and the next big religion being Lovecraft fantasy…
Yes, I was undergoing strenuous hiking and my brain was short of oxygen.
Tomek was so appalled by my aberrant ideas that he had to take a rest. He just couldn’t decide which way to sit. This bench reeks of pagan design, making things unnecessarily difficult, leaving all confusing choices to man, who is totally overwhelmed by this kind of freedom.
Anyway, that cave (with the church) was home to a poor family in the 19th century, then inhabited by Saint Istvan, a hermit monk who ‘cured‘ the sick with thermal waters of a muddy lake next to the cave.
The Cave Church was established in 1926, sealed in 1951 (as part of increasing action against the Catholic church during the communist era) and reopened as the iron curtain fell in 1989. Honestly, I don’t think trouble is over – for the return of the rightful owners, the BATS, awaits.
Modern statue of St. Istvan holding a church. And…no, not again! This is going too far!
Today, Cave Church welcomes tourists and Christians, who find peace of mind from the polytheistic and indigenous world outside. Or so I thought!
On top of Gellért Hill, stands the citadel, housing a military museum. Those Soviet tanks fired down into the city from the hill. This is what people of no belief did in WWII and during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.
At the end of the citadel is the Liberty Statue holding a palm leaf, which can be seen from almost anywhere in Budapest. The statue was erected by the Soviet Red Army to commemorate their victory over the Nazis in World War II. Originally, a Soviet soldier stood below the Liberty Statue, but was removed to the Memento Statue Park after the fall of communism. Wait, did they possibly replace it with…?
I am so sick of Halloween pranks!
I am sure that ruthless pagans focused on those buttocks.
You know what. I just want to go back to normal.
Tomek is the God and Dasza the Goddess, we are lovers and equals, the Divine Couple who together co-create the cosmos at this magic place, which is Gellért Hill. I swear, that just wrote itself!
I sense WITCHCRAFT. We need to stop this post.
Final words. Some folks consider Halloween to be completely incompatible with Christian faith, believing it to have originated as the pagan “Festival of the Dead”.
I couldn’t agree more. HAPPY HALLOWEEN.