These pictures show a small chapel out in the country on the floodplain of the Inn east of Mils. Chapels like these are common throughout Tirol. If they seem like a quaint artifact, I can attest that a very modern-looking woman in her thirties rode to this chapel on her modern mountain bicycle and spent several minutes in prayer in front of this chapel in the summer of 2007. On that day, candles were burning in red cups just inside the grating, as is common across Tirol.

        The figure of Jesus is an interesting one. He holds a cat-tail, a marsh plant, that has little connection to the biblical story of Jesus Christ. The connection here is instead to the setting of the chapel, in a small floodplain of the Inn. Prior to the draining of the floodplain for farming, this plain would have been a wetland meadow, as the name of a nearby town (Schönwies, or "Pretty Meadow") attests. The cat-tail held by Jesus signifies a lost ecosystem of wetlands that would have dominated the flat land near the Inn in its natural condition.

        The panel below the statue of Jesus Christ is also an interesting feature (see below). Its central region shows a judgmental god over a hell in which sinners, heretics, and non-believers burn. To the right, a blindfolded young woman is haplessly led by men, dancing, and music into the fiery mouth of a devouring beast, as a angel wielding a fiery sword watches. To the left, on the other hand, an obedient parishioner obeys the angels and presumably will be welcomed into a promised paradise. This painting was present in summer 2008 but not in summer 2007, suggesting that either it was new in 2008 or being refurbished in 2007.


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