World Nativity Traditions





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plastic, wood

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This could be a traditional setting; the typical post-war I German plethora of cheap and colorful little figures, unpretentious but expressive in look and posture. But no! This nativity set is the harbinger of some hidden messages. See the stable without the Holy Family. According to old, very old tradition (Pseudo-Mathew), Jesus was born in a cave. The Holy Family moved to the stable only on the third day after his birth. Or, take a look at the lone orange figure in the center. He speaks to the visitor. He is the prophet and announces in German crèche culture the beginning of Advent and the coming season. And there is an explosion of light where the Christ Child rests. Light symbolism plays an important role in religion. Our way to God is marked by the light of human reason (streaks of light on the left), the light of nature (moon and stars), and the revelation of God in Jesus Christ — a true explosion of light.


36 pieces made of plastic and one wooden stable. Figures depict Jesus, Mary, Joseph, three kings, shepherds and other gift-bearing men, elk, reindeer, dog, bovine, ass, and two camels. Set is in good condition. Made in Germany. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit entitled "Elisabeth's Nativity House: The van Mullekom Collection" held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ

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