Europe’s Black Madonnas are amongst the most venerated symbols of Christianity.
France has more than 300 Black Madonnas while Spain has at least fifty of these Black Madonnas.
19 Black Madonnas are also known to exist in Germany and Italy has more than thirty Black Madonnas.
Examples Of Europe’s Black Madonnas
Poland’s Our Girl of Jasna Gora in the Jasna Gora abbey at Czestochowa is one of the world’s most important Black Modonnas.
This Black Madonna may have been discovered in Jerusalem and since the 14th Century it has been kept in a Shrine at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Poland.
France has the most Black Madonnas in the world numbering at least 300, with one of the most iconic French Black Madonnas being kept at a Shrine in the Town of Chartres.
La Negre, the Black Madonna of Montpellier is also another one of the remarkable French Black Madonnas, and legend has it that in the past She has saved Montpellier from natural disasters like plague.
Last but not least of the French Black Madonnas is Our Lady of Le Puy.
History records that Pope Urban II prepared for the First Crusade at Le Puy and Joan of Arc even reportedly sent her Knights, mother and two siblings to Le Puy to pray.
Meanwhile in Russia, the Black Madonna of Kazan played a crucial role in that Country’s historic battle with Napoleon at Borodino.
In addition, the Black Madonna of Kazkan is supposed to have inspired the Russian Mystic Rasputin.
Its also notable that the Kremlin in Moscow also has two Black Madonna on display.
These are just a few examples of the Black Madonnas spread throughout Europe more of which can be found in Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Germany.
Black Madonnas: The African Origins Of Christianity & The Early African Presence In Europe
Perhaps an explanation for the Black Madonnas of Europe is that they are evidence of both the African Origins of Christianity in Ancient Kemet as well as the early African presence in Medieval Europe.
Isis is the Greek name for the Ancient Kemetian Deity Auset, who according to Ancient Kemet’s Ausarian Religion was the first Deity in History to give birth to a Child Heru (Horus) Fathered by the Deity Ausar (Osiris) through an Immaculate Conception.
The Immaculate Conception of the Ausarian Religion of Ancient Kemet was later copied and mirrored in the Christian story of the birth of Jesus Christ by the Virgin Mother Mary.
For this reason, the Black Madonnas of Europe may be explained as symbolic reminders perhaps to early initiated Christians of the original Ausarian Myth that is the source of the Christian story of the birth of Jesus Christ symbolised by the Madonna Image.
Furthermore, due to the presence of Black people of African Ancestry such as the Moors in Europe which even resulted in the veneration of Black Saints like St. Maurice, the Black Madonnas of Europe can also be regarded as tributes to the global reach of early Christendom and the important role played by Africans in the Church’s infancy.