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It has been written that the cathedral was built over a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. Next to the facade of the Platerías a renaissance stonecutter has carved a horseman with the unmistakable helmut of Jupiter - the Latin pagan God par excellence. Is this renaissance mischief or a masterful message for initiates? Look up at the ceiling of the refectory (built in 1548) and you will see 36 carvings of horsemen of the Order, one is the Emperor Carlos and another one the god Jupiter.
Shakespeare drew on Jupiter and St Jacque for a number of his plays - Jupiter riding on an eagle - Santiago on a white horse: Jupiter's sons Castor and Pollux "whom both Biblical and Spanish tradition connected with Saint James"
So - was the Jupiter temple also built over the remains of another cult? They mystery thickens!

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Jupiter was especially revered in Lugo. I mention it in the book in connection with the Celts and the Romans.

Hmmm, the plot thickens is right!
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Priscillian said:
... is a Lug city like London, Lyon, Leiden (Holland) and
some more : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugdunum
Lugdunum Batavorum : Katwijk near Leiden (Holland) :
Lugdunum Convenae : St. Bertrand-de-Cominges
Colonia Copia Claudia Augusta Lugdunum : Lyon :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugdunum#Benaming .
See http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Charpentier
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"Lug", from the best of my knowledge, was associated by the Romans with Mercury. The "mound" near Foncebadon was also thought to be an ancient shrine to Mercury. And remember, that area was, and still is, associated with metal: iron in this case. The Romans were very active in mining in that area and chose Iria Flavia as their port of choice. Much there associated with St. James. Or was it Priscillian?
Lots of so-called Pagan remnants there. Curouser and curiouser...
How nice to have a religion where there is room for more than one god!
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From a nice burgundy extra small pocketbook (I could send you more quotes by PM if you like!) Les GÉANTS et le mystère des origines, by Louis Charpentier, series L’AVENTURE MYSTÉRIEUSE, J’ai Lu # A 325, Ed. Robert Laffont, S.A., 1969, Chapter 6 LUG ET LUSINE ; page 53 :

‘Dans le péninsule Ibérique, on le [Luc and Lug names like London, Leiden and Lyon = Lugdunum –gb] retrouve partout où les Arabes n'ont pas imposé leur toponymie. Le « Chemin de Saint-Jacques » suit une succession de lieux Lug, depuis Logrono jusqu’à Léon et Lugo. La côte ligure a toujours le nom de « Costa de Luz » et le Portugal est encore la Lusitanie.’

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugdunum#F ... um_romaine : about Lyon
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligures ; http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugh
From the cover of # A 321 in that series : « La mythologie est un language sténographique. »

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