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This twelve-ton howitzer was captured by Brazilian troops in the War of Paraguay, the largest armed conflict in South America. The several battles lasted six years (1865-1870), with approximately three hundred thousand deaths. This curious artillery was casted in Paraguay with the bronze of church’s bells. For this reason it was named El Cristiano (The Christian).
It is famous in Paraguay for its participation in the Battle of Curupati (1866), the country's biggest victory against the Triple Alliance, formed by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. According to Paraguayan reports, the Christian was instrumental in containing the advance of enemy troops. However, there are Brazilian versions that the cannon was not able to shoot a ball because
it had an internal problem that prevented its success. Another interesting detail of this piece are the inscriptions "From religion to the State" ratifying its composition of melted church bells for the defense of the country.
The political relationship of Brazil vis a vis state and religion has had its highs and lows throughout history. Today, it is offcicially
a secular country. Contrary to the Federal Constitution of 1988,
the current Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights declared in an interview in February 2020, that "It is time for the church to occupy the nation”. This declaration provokes a reflection
about our representatives favoring policies linked to individual
religious doctrines against a collective and democratic constitutional principle.
The large bell attached to the mouth of the cannon reminds many of us, of our childhood churches. The scent of incense felt on Friday blessings brings memories. Mirha and olibanum are the components used in the incense of Christian churches. However, when creating this incense, we added olibanum, opoponax and palo santo of Peruvian origin to the balsamic notes of the mirha, bringing greener notes, reminiscent of the forests that contain these resins.
Mirha, a more robust component, predominates since
the others, due to their volatility, dissipate more easily.
The light, fresh and aromatic notes connect us with the relationship between the Church and the indigenous people during the colony period. We kept an incense that does not present the burnt smell because its molecules
are in natura.