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The pigs of Corsica deserve (at least) a second tip, for many reasons, in my opinion!
First, they look quite cute, almost wild (picture 1), and that makes them more than just future food. I must say, I liked to look at these animals, a bit shy (you never know if the butcher is coming!) (picture 2), running freely between the shrubs, sometimes looking curiously, sometimes walking on rocky ridges (picture 3) , or having, like all pigs their bath in a mud pit (picture 4). . . . .
Strangely, in Corsica, St Antonius of Padua is a very venerated saint, you find shrines dedicated to him in villages, on sides of trails, roadsides. . . . and this, with all the pigs around made me think of St Antonius, the Great, the older one, father of all monks, who resisted to a famous temptation, lived like a hermit and is very often represented with swine; the reason for which swine are a symbol in paintings representing him is not clear. Wilhelm Busch (father of comic strips), confused Antonius of Padua and Antonius the Great, and in a strip he featured him, loving that animal, and taking him with him to the Paradise (picture 5)! At the door of heaven, Maria told Antonius:
?Willkommen! Gehet ein in Frieden!
Hier wird kein Freund vom Freund geschieden
Es kommt so manches Schaf herein,
Warum nicht auch ein braves Schwein!!?
(Welcome, peace on you, here we do not separate friends, some sheep happen to come in, why not a good pig!
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