Rites of blessing (1 Subjects)
Interior view of the Roman amphitheatre of Pula. Due to an epidemics among the livestock of the region, the consumption of lamb and mutton has been forbidden. Shepherds of Slavic ethnicity have sought refuge within the amphitheatre, with their herds. A monk of the order of Saint Anthony, patron of animals according to several traditions, is giving his blessing and sprinkling the sheep with holy water; this terrifies the flock and causes the dogs to bark at the monk. On the right, some weapons, which Slav inhabitants of the area always carry with them, according to the author.