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Romanesque Art and Legends: Omeñaca and the Seven Infants of Lara

Romanesque Art and Legends: Omeñaca and the Seven Infants of Lara

November 2019 · 2 min read · Castile and León

Some Romanesque temples, even for masking ancient pre-Christian cults, are linked to interesting legends, in whose background, conveniently distorted, the trace of ancestral myths persists.

One of such temples would be that of this small town of the Sorian moorland, about twenty kilometers away from the capital, approximately, in whose name, Omeñaca, their old Celtiberian roots still survive.

Under the invocation of Our Lady -figure by which, according to the secret statutes of the Temple Order, attributed to the mysterious Master Roncellin, 'he began and ended his Religion'- of the Assumption, he maintains associated an interesting part of that legend, not exempt from esoteric interest, associated with the powerful family of the Lara.

Recall, that in addition to the seven infants of Lara, who according to legend, crossed with their steeds each of the seven arches of the arcaded gallery of this church, to flee from the Saracens who had surprised them while they had lunch - hence the name from Lunch, from neighboring Sierra- there was also another Lara, named Ginés, who is considered the last Knight Templar of the monastery of San Polo, a place that kept access to the relevant hermitage of that curious saint and Patron of Soria, named Saturn-Saturn and as if it were indeed a symbolic underworld, the hermitage was accessed through the cave on which it sits.

The key to the mythological and symbolic elements of the legend, possibly derive, above all, from the word 'lunch', whose sense of food, metaphorically speaking, could be understood as' spiritual food 'or' knowledge, of an ancestral wisdom, as I can show the megalithism of the place and the table where the seven infants were supposedly 'lunched' or 'fed', when they were surprised, and that, apparently, was but the upper part of an old dolmen.

And, as a great friend and teacher always used to say, ‘these muds come from those muds’.

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