The genius cucullatus, or the Original Hoodie

A rather interesting post from the pen of Esmeraldamac on the ‘Hooded Ones’ – don’t know who they are, well you’re not the only one! A mysterious trinity, often (if you’re lucky) to be found in some people’s UPG; contact with them is rare, but not unknown.
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Esmeralda's Cumbrian History & Folklore

Picture time! See this fella? He’s a genius cucullatus, to give him his Latin name, but whether he was a Roman import or a native, his original owner wouldn’t have called him that. Genius cucullatus just means, ‘spirit in a hood’. This one, which was found at Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall, is the only one in Britain which is a single standing statue. They’re usually carved in relief on a flat stone, and in Britain, they are often depicted in groups of three.I wish it was simple matter to tell you what he represents, but that’s not possible. He’s often linked with

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4 thoughts on “The genius cucullatus, or the Original Hoodie

  1. Very interesting statue! All the more intriguing, as with the lack of an inscription and context, his meaning remains shrouded in mystery. Thank you for reblogging this, it was a most enjoyable read.

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