Joined: April 2000
||Posted: Aug. 07 2011, 19:34
@ eye-one and everyone else: as I have remarked in another topic, there may be more to this than just the cross being in the flag of Asturies. Of course the cross logo itself is a superimposition - it wasn't in the original video of the Edimburgh performance. But, as eye-one says, alpha and omega is an important symbol of Christianity all around the world - it indeed means "beginning and end". However, the symbol was never used as a name of God, and was never used as a reference to God: it refers to Jesus Christ, and defines Christ as being the beginning and the end of all things, i.e. eternity. The association of those letters with the Christian Cross (the cross in the video is undoubtly a stylized version of a standard Christian Cross) is specifically meant, wherever it appears, as a reference to the everlasting presence of Jesus Christ (again, not God). The video was made, of course, by a Spanish fan, and, as I think all Spaniards who post here on tubular.net may confirm, Christian Catholicism is very deeply felt in Spain - much more than in all other European countries (even we Italians feel it a little bit less than in Spain). The Christian Cross and the alpha+omega symbol being in the flag of Asturies is, to me, a very clear indication of the importance given to religion, and to Christianity in particular, in the whole of Spain.
To put it in a nutshell, I don't think that the cross appears here as a reference to Mike Oldfield. It appears as a reference to Jesus Christ, to Christianity and, of course, to Asturies.
By the way, in response to eye-one's question "is this normal": if the question refers to the alpha+omega symbol being associated with the cross, yes, it's very normal and very widespread. If, on the other hand, the question refers to the presence of the cross logo in the video, of course it's not normal - it's a superimposition.
Ugo C. - a devoted Amarokian