|This is my second study of one of our Blackface ewe's twin lambs. This particular image reminded me of religious icons. Growing up with imagery of Jesus as both a shepherd and a lamb, my sentiments as a city-slicker on Roseneath made sense!|
In Christian symbolism, the lamb represents Jesus, the Lamb of God. Standing with a banner, the lamb represents Christ's triumph over death. Agnus Dei is Latin for Lamb of God. The title appears in John 1:29.
The primitive mass is a universal and ancient mythical rite that depicts the animal (Bear, buffalo, whale, seal, deer etc) as the God that gives its body to be eaten; "that we may live". "Nothing lives lest something dies" and Christ's "This is my body, this is my blood... do this in remembrance of me" are familar variations of a very old but still meaningful ritual.