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.

“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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