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Kudzu Jesus Spotted in Boylan

It looks like Raleigh has its own permanent and three-dimensional example of pareidolia— the phenomena of seeing something significant (usually a face or religious icon) in an inanimate object. This one is visible from the Boylan Avenue Bridge.

The Kudzu Jesus blessing a passing freighter

While discussing the topic of local railroading history with Raleigh Boy and Craig on the Boylan Avenue Bridge, a patron from the Brewpub asked if we had noticed the figure with outstretched arms giving a blessing to passing trains. I was immediately interested, as the topic of pareidolia was the subject of a research paper and presentation I made for a class at State.

Chances are you’re familiar with perhaps one of the first examples, the “Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese” which was auctioned off on eBay for $28,000. This and several other examples provided for some interesting reading, but I can’t say that I formed an opinion on either the people who found them or those who expressed a fervent interest in the artifact. I was and continue to be fascinated by the phenomena, however.

The example cited above is merely a coincidental growth formation on power lines, but can still be an interesting topic of conversation.

You can see more on the Pareidolia flickr group.


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