A Most Unholy Architecture: Six Devil's Bridges

Prior to his career as a musician:

If the medieval legends are to be believed, the devil was a prolific architect. All around Europe are bridges known as the Devil's Bridge, each with a story of soul-selling deals and outwitting satan. [...]

Deal with the Devil: Story goes that the the ravine was too steep for mortal architecture, so the devil offered the traditional deal which was to take the soul of the first to cross. It ended up being an overly excited dog.

[ Spoiler alert: more dogs go to hell. ]

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3 Responses:

  1. Chris Davies says:

    Satan just isn't too bright, seemingly.

    Fool him once with the ol' soul switcheroo, shame on you. Fool him twice, shame on him. Could have been worse I suppose, he could have built all those bridges and been fobbed off with the sole of a shoe, or a sole and chips.

    • jwz says:

      I am reminded of the barge bit from Stephenson's Zodiac:

      He sniffed the air and frowned slightly. Bartholomew was a sommelier of heavy metal. "Yeah. Not bad for a two-umlaut band. First album was so-so. Then they ran out of material -- they write maybe two songs a year. Got into a black magic thing for their videos. Already passé." [...] I told him about the barge.

      "Shitty bargainers," he said.

      "What do you mean?"

      "These people sold their souls to the Devil and all they got was a rusty old barge? I would've held out for something with a wet bar. Close to the T."

  2. NelC says:

    According to some theologies, animals don't have souls, so the Devil would have got the soul of the first person to cross anyway. Which would explain why there's so many of these bridges: once the first story got around, everybody thought they'd try getting a free bridge off the Devil.

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