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Together with TE friend Said (didi) we visited the little village Cucgnan in the hart of this landscape of mountains and vineyards. On our program also a visit to the very small village church.

In here, in the most wonderful sunlight from a small window, we found this little statue of the pregnant Virgin Mary. Unfortunately I have not so much more information either of the church or the little lady.

This is in the hart of the Cathar land - a place where a Popal decret started a massacre of some 500.000 Cathars a long time ago. And today a place also to visit the pregnant Virgin Mary.

More of the little village Cucugnan:

The village of Cucugnan, which had fame conferred upon it by a well-known story, Le Curé de Cucugnan. The tale relates how the priest in the village, alarmed by the lack of faith among his parishioners, conjured up such dreadful visions of hell in a fire-breathing sermon that subsequent visitors to the village were struck by the universal piety of the inhabitants. The story was originally told in Occitan by Achille Mir, one of a group of 19th-century writers known as the "Félibres", dedicated to keeping Provençal culture (or at least a sanitised version of it) alive. It was subsequently popularised by another member of the group, Alphonse Daudet, in his collection of tales of Provençal life Lettres de mon Moulin ("Letters from my Windmill"). This probably accounts for the fact that lots of people think Cucugnan is in Provence. Incidentally, the church in Cucugnan has an unusual statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary.

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