Not to necro an old thread, but I want to thank everyone who posted these images this is one of the coolest things I'v found of late. I was recently obsessed with the base relief to the right and left of the 'Madonna and Child' sculpture in Undead Parish. I was looking all over the internet for a clearer image of the Worshiper with the dragon egg and what look like a Chimera behind him. I was obsessed with the symbolism of these four heads.
When I found this thread I found this:
The questions this relief raises in my mind may never have answers. However the symbolic parallels it purposes are interesting to me. For example the 3 animals and 1 man are 4 heads. Four head's of state? Or are they just Tributes to there god? The large Dragon egg? If it's tribute who would have access to such an offering and which religion would most benefit by offering this to there lord? Two goat heads and a Lion, are these also just tributes? Or does the Lion represent nobility and the goats represent maybe (this is a stretch) the undead because goats are often associated with hell or the darkness in mythology? Was Undeadberg always a society or undead? According the Crestfallen Warrior, New Londo used to be a home for the Undead as well. Could the two goats represent New Londo and Undeadberg while the Lion and the Man represent other provinces of the nation? That is assuming that the child is Gwyn, however I am not certain of this. I feel that the pattern in the relief dose tie it to a common pattern in Anor Londo architecture.
I have the sinking feeling that it could mean nothing because I have yet to find this symbol anywhere else in the game world. Could it be nothing more then artistic flourish that serves no greater purpose then to look good?
I'm still not sure what it means exactly. While I've been obsessed with Dark Souls for a long time because Quelaag on Youtube turned me on to Dks lore and then soon after started fallowing Epic Name Bro. I've only recently had the opportunity to play the game myself now that it's on PC. I've been a huge fan of Mythology before I found this game, and DKs seems to engage me on the same level as Greek an Nordic myth. so cool.
TL;DR.. Thank you. thank-u, thankyou, for this awesome thread.