Marta Dahlig (usually known under the nickname Blackeri) is one of the most popular artists found in various forums on the Internet. Among his works you can find the fantastic illustrations of The seven deadly sins.
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[Latin word: Superbia]
Vanity – Illustration by Marta Dahlig
Vanity is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to give compliments to others though they may be deserving of them, and excessive love of self. Dante’s definition was: Love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor.
In Jacob Bidermann’s medieval miracle play Cenodoxus, Vanity is the deadliest of all the sins and leads directly to the damnation of the famed doctor of Paris, Cenodoxus. In perhaps the most famous example, the story of Lucifer, Vanity was what caused his fall from heaven, and his resultant transformation into Satan. Vanity and Narcissism are prime examples of this sin.
Punishment in hell: broken on the wheel
Associations with demon(s): Lucifer
[Latin word: Ira]
Wrath – Illustration by Marta Dahlig
Wrath may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. These feelings can manifest as vehement denial of the truth, both to others and in the form of self-denial, impatience with the procedure of law, and the desire to seek revenge outside of the workings of the justice system (such as engaging in vigilantism), fanatical political beliefs, and generally wishing to do evil or harm to others.
Wrath is the only sin not necessarily associated with selfishness or self interest (although one can of course be wrathful for selfish reasons, such as jealousy). Dante described Wrath as: “Love of justice perverted to revenge and spite”.
Punishment in hell: dismembered alive
Associations with demon(s): Satan
Proverbs 6:16 – 19
It is stated that “There are seven things that the Lord hates and cannot tolerate” (quotes from Today’s English Version translation of the Bible). These are:
– A proud look
– A lying tongue
– Hands that kill innocent people
– A mind that thinks up wicked plans
– Feet that hurry off to do evil
– A witness who tells one lie after another
– Someone who stirs up trouble among friends.
The only sin among these which is clearly on both lists is Vanity. “Hands that kill innocent people” may be taken to refer to Wrath. However, it is possible to imagine a case where one bad person killed another in a fit of anger, which would be an example of Wrath but not of killing an innocent; and similarly, cold blooded murder of an innocent would be one of the “hated things” without necessarily being an example of Wrath.