Religious Statues From Around the World

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is “Statues.”

Sorting through my photo archives, I realized that many of my statues were of a religious nature. So here is an assortment of statues from different world religions.

A tranquil and serene Buddha statue

Buddha statue

I found this shrine to Mother Mary (La Virgen) in Costa Rica:

Shrine to La Virgen, Mother Mary

Shrine to La Virgen, Mother Mary

A large cross with the crucified Christ towers over the grape vines in the vineyards of the Black Forest, Germany.

Cross in the Vineyards

Cross in the Vineyards

I was surprised to find a statue of St. Michael (or is it St. George) slaying the dragon on a wooded trail near the village of Sasbachwalden in Southern Germany:

Dragon Slayer

Dragon Slayer

Not nearly as unexpected were these two statues of Francis of Assisi at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC (yes, that’s a real bird on Francis’ head):

Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

St Francis with a wolf or dog

St Francis with a wolf or dog

Demons, dragons, devils, and pranksters are also part of every religion, as they represent our not so desirable human qualities that we want to eliminate. Here is a large statue of such a demon prankster at the Tirtagangga Water Palace in Bali. The fact that the character is showing us his soles is the equivalent of flipping the finger: it is very rude.

Rude Demon

Rude Demon

This small goddess statue was beautified with bright yellow marigold flowers, at the Yoga Kafe in Ubud:

Goddess statue with marigolds

Goddess statue with marigolds

Probably my favorite: an altar statue overlooking a magnificent lily pond in Candidasa:

Altar Statue in Candidasa

Altar Statue in Candidasa

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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15 Responses to Religious Statues From Around the World

  1. The statue of ST Francis of Assisi is my favorite. I’ve never seen one that beautiful. The Buddha is wonderful too. And, the cross. Well – I guess I like them all. Well done โ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜„

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  2. utesmile says:

    Lovely statues of great people!

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  3. Aggie says:

    Thank you. I am thinking of printing the virgin for my altar. Is that ok?

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    • Aggie – the picture is not the greatest because it was in deep shade and there are some reflections I couldn’t get rid off. However, if you really want it, I can e-mail you a higher resolution picture that will look better when you print it out. Just let me know. Costa Ricans had a lovely way of honoring Mother Mary in these beautiful little shrines everywhere…

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  4. St George and the dragon are my favourites.๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Tina Schell says:

    Wonderful, but must admit I like the footed statue best๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. cindy knoke says:

    Gorgeous & fascinating!

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  7. Love it all, Annette, thank you for sharing.

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  8. Ana says:

    I despise statues that have the intention of worship, who in his right mind, worship clay or wood? any other intention is ok.

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    • Ana, thanks for your comment. There are religions who will not use any symbolic representation of the divine in statue form. For the rest of the world, I think it is just easier to have a concrete object that reminds them of the Divine, which is really not tangible and concrete.

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