Adam *

Adam *

Posted on 12/01/2007


Photo taken on November 29, 2007


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Three Crowns

Three Crowns
Graffiti - meaning not known to me! Seen on wall of a church near London bridge (St Magnus the Martyr)

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t2helsinki
t2helsinki
..but to me! At least in Germany (perhaps only in catholic regions) at the beginning of January (around Jan 6th!!!) children masqueraded as "The Three Magi" (The Three Holy Kings, ?) walk from door to door, sing a song or recite a small prayer. They wish a good year to the residents of the house, ask for a small donation for poor children in Africa and - finally - write this special "graffiti" with chalk on the door frame.

The meaning of "20+K+M+B+08" (the next year's graffiti) is as follows: "20" and "08" of course is the current year. "K+M+B" is often translated/interpreted as Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar (the names of the three kings!). I think the "official" (?) variant is with "C+M+B" and this means "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" (Latin) which could be translated with "Christus blesses this house".

In Germany these children are called "Sternsinger" ("Caroller"), I found a picture at Censr, have a look here (or search for "Sternsinger").
10 years ago.
Adam * has replied to t2helsinki
Thanks for your most interesting interpretation. I knew nothing of this.
10 years ago.
Adam *
Adam *
Thanks, Paul - I had no idea of the religious significance of this graffiti.
10 years ago.
Adam *
Adam *
Well, this is all very new to me... and most interesting.
10 years ago.