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Dec. 24th, 2006 | 05:26 pm
|This undated woodcut 'The Holy Family' (by unknown artist) is obviously quite appropriate for the x-mass eve, but it was also used by various media to illustrate the story about a wide-spread beliefe by apparently too many people that angels are 'for real' (more than 80% of Americans believe in them, according to the latest polls by AP-AOL News Group.|
Socio-demographic analysis aside, it is interesting to notice that people tend to mediate both presence, and actions of otherwise quite an abstract divine spirit by very human-like creatures. May be a hint for the design of ambient intelligence systems.
PS: I also like the tool used by Joseph to cook, a small pot with a very long handle; he is watched by Mary who is in turn watched by an angel; who is most likely watched by the infant Jesus (with the lovely skin folds on his legs.)