Signals from heaven
In the Umbrian capital Perugia satellites for TV reception sport images of Christ. Makes you wonder if the owners have discovered a brand new way to communicate with God.
The minimetro climbed steadily up towards Pian di Massiano in the centre of Perugia and stopped 439 metres above sea level, and looking out over the rooftops I suddenly found myself a lot closer to heaven than expected.
I’ve heard Bob Dylan ‘Knocking of Heaven’s Door’. Manhattan Transfer asked the operator to give them ‘Jesus on the line’. And Led Zeppelin tried to find a ‘Stairway to Heaven’. But I’d never thought of God as communicating via satellite, until I discovered the image of Christ on the satellite dish of an ordinary looking house in the Umbrian capital.
Christ in Colours
Up to then I’d though religion was broadcast by means of miracles, church bells and burning bushes, but the good people of Perugia have obviously kept their communication lines more up to date. Cause when I looked around again – after I’d pinched my arm and rubbed my eyes – I found the same design in various red, green, yellow and purple versions all over the place.
Strange to think that game shows with half naked dancers and bitchy reality programmes enter people’s living rooms through the eyes of the Savior, but it seems to be the case.
And now I cannot help wondering whether this in itself is a sign. And if so – of what?
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Perhaps it’s a sign of a robust sense of humor! On a similar note, aren’t the powerful radio antennas of Radio Maria reputed to be damaging to people’s health?
I’ll have to look for these next time I take the minimetro.
Well, it seems like a sensible precaution: Whatever passes through that dish must be approved by the highest authority.
Love the assortment of colours. All you ever seem to see in Canada in grey or white. And communicating with God via a satellite dish is something that hasn’t yet hit these shores.
Perhaps the people in Perugia are on to something. Hmmm… I have no insight on if this is a sign of something big, but thoroughly enjoying the whole idea. Fun discovery!
Italians making fun of their own religion? Whatever it means, what a fun find.
I do not know what it means. but I love knowing about it! What a find!
Wow, I had no idea that God was so into modern communication. Not sure what that signifies either, but is definitely interesting!
This is one of those quirky things I love finding when traveling! This one probably causes a lot of double takes to make sure you really are seeing what you think you’re seeing.
This is so unusual. I love your pictures! It actually reminds me of a stretch of road in Kentucky where the yards are full of Virgin Mary statues; almost as though they each tried to outdo the other with their devotion.
That is definitely an interesting find!
That’s oldies but goodies that you pulled from the music box! :) What an interesting thing that people do to announce their faith. I bet the person that came up with the idea is making a fortune. Here is the southwestern US people are always seeing Jesus’ face on a tortilla. If someone can actually make it happen on purpose, he or she would become quite rich! What a great story you’ve shared!
What a great idea for a business venture – If you can make Jesus show on a satellite dish, it must be possible to bake him on a tortilla as well.