Dark Academia and Dead Monks

Casa Vieja. Photo: https://casaviejabrewery.com/

Growing up in a Goth culture in the 1980’s, the recent interest in Dark Academia aesthetics (think schoolish-goths: old books, philosophy, tea, and fountain pens) is of some interest to me.  I was one of those schoolish kids interested in theology, philosophy, art, writing (specifically poetry), music, and tea.  I performed in an underground goth band, wrote, and sat long hours contemplating ideas far too heavy for my adolescent mind.  Maybe that’s why I took up Theo-poetics as an adult, combining my interest in theology, philosophy, and artistic pursuits.

So, when I heard a story about two dead monks possibly buried in an old convent wall in a small town in New Mexico my ears perked.

The town is Corrales, New Mexico—just north of Albuquerque, situated along the Rio Grande River.  The building is now Casa Vieja, recently a restaurant, now a brewery.  I learned of the fabled rumor from the former owner, Gary Socha.  After showing me a painting found in the walls of French Duke Jean Louis de Nograt de La Valette (1554-1642), Socha proceeded to tell me that the building was once a monastery or a hermitage for a time, which accounts for some of the church-like ambiance. How the painting got there, scholars don’t know.  The painting was found by a contractor, covered in mud and water.  Later restored, the painting now hangs in the entryway.

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“If you think this is bizarre,” Socha continued, “then you’d be interested to know that there’s rumored to be two dead monks buried in the walls along with a golden relic.”

How’d you hear about this, I ask?

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Brian Nixon

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