All posts tagged: the cross

What’s the Most Prevailing Fashion Accessory? (Clue: It’s an Instrument of Torture)

Isn’t it interesting the way so many people choose to wear a symbol of torturous execution as an adornment around their neck. Some go a step further and have this emblem stuck to their bumpers, hung on their wall, tattooed on their skin. The cross is a timeless fashion accessory. I wonder why the gallows and the guillotine didn’t take off in the same way for the interior design and fashion industry. I’ve yet to see someone sporting a lethal injection tattoo, a cat o’ nine tails artwork above their mantelpiece or an electric chair (in miniature) hanging from a chain around their neck. That would be macabre, in poor taste – gothic at best.  Why then, do we make an exception for the cross? Roman crucifixion, the method used for Jesus’ execution, was incredibly painful, hence the term ‘excruciating’.  Warning: if you’re sensitive around the topics of violence, mutilation and torture, I’d suggest you skip the next few paragraphs. Crucifixion was saved for the worst kinds of criminals. The criminal usually carried his cross …