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Iberian Red Deer in the Night

Artist: Melissa Pons
Alentejo, Portugal
Notes:

Red deer at mid distance in the rutting season. The night has fallen and everything seems to have gotten very quiet to listen or give space for this big animal. Its roars fill the space, a large area of montado.

 

The red deer in Portugal is one of the animals that is present in Christian mythology not in a good way – there are two separate but similar myths in which the devil reincarnated in the body of a stag, to lure and attempt to push down a cliff one “noble warrior” and a king, in separate occasions and regions. Don’t worry: they were both saved by Christian figures.
I wonder if the origin of the myth it has to do with the antlers or their call which can sound very terrifying. Perhaps both.

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