“…but, before his body plunged fully, Dolphins rushed up and lifted him, filling it with, Start Caring, uncertainty and agitation. Mas ease…the large number…o ar bene volente, the speed of dolphins…did him feel, said second, not afraid to die, but the desire to live, the ambition to be saved, to appear as a favorite of the gods and receive their unalterable glory ".
Banquet of the Seven Sages- Plutarch, algures between 75 and 120 d.C.
This magnificent granite fountain (the Baroque style is the most beautiful of Beira Interior) is currently located in Alameda St. Andrew in the city of Guarda; is also known as the Fountain family Refoios Saraiva, once, originally, a farm that belonged to this family owned the village of Sailing (Guard), having been transported to the site where at 1989; the family arms are clearly visible in the upper part of the front elevation, on a shell and topped by the figure of an angel and flanked by two zoomorphic representations.
The central tank, curvilíneo, displays a mascarão as central spout, framed by dolphins- if they are not imagine them with some goodwill; have a fierce air, I close my eyes and imagine them as dolphins, with his good-natured and benevolent air.
Three mascarons back to emerge in the backrest, aligned horizontally, each extending with their large vertical stress tails. The decorative elements that characterize this monument of baroque expression, articulates religious and zoomorphic representations, a double allusive iconography family Refóios Hail and water.
The symbolism of dolphins
Fix these cetaceans again? animals I love so much. In the mists of memory, meeting the following Greek legend: a set of Buccaneers after agrilhoarem Dionysus to the mast of his ship, fell overboard and were transformed into dolphins. This adorable animal is so, from ancient Greece, a strong symbol connected to waters and regenerescência. It is also a sign of divination, Wisdom, Kindness, Prudence, still having loads psicompômpica.
Plutarch- The Seven Sages
The magnificent narrative of Plutarch- the Seven Sages, that arreigou me since late childhood (Arion imagined me in childhood and adolescence Quixote), indicates the passage of excitement and imaginative terrors for serenity and spiritual light of contemplation, by the intervention of kindness, through the rescuer diving and beneficent air of dolphins. Perceive themselves at the three stages of spiritual evolution: predominance of emotion and imagination; intervention of kindness, love or devotion; and finally, the lighting in the glory of inner peace- able to make us quiet when everything (or nearly all) nos aniquila. Maybe the monsters is naive, or even blind can see them kindness and prudence.
Desfaçamos this mule daydreaming and get back to the fountain: with his good urban environment, its strong scenographic look and allegorical; Now let's see the fineness of the steps leading up the tank, banks and stylish side tables (sketch here some notes that will serve me for this post), and the low walls topped by pyramidal spiers.
Curious to know is that my friends egitanenses, know of its existence, but ignore the Baroque jewel you have there…and here I feel the call of the sea that calls us, so far in this harsh ridges Beira cool and gloomy, Cuddle hypothetical dolphins or sea monsters- the reader decide when you come here.