Vitor or vitores (cheers)

22/12/2020
Cheers on the facade of the Royal Chapel of Granada

• On the facade of the Royal Chapel we can see some curious and ancient graffiti: the student cheers
• It is a tradition that in Spanish universities when a student graduated they celebrated it in a very curious way.
• He painted his name with a mixture of almagra (clay soil), paprika, olive oil, and bull’s blood.
• Where? On the walls of the university itself or adjacent buildings, were the graffiti of the time; the symbol of triumph or victory that was put on was called “vitor” (cheers) and came from the Latin term “VICTOR”
• This was written in the form of an anagram in which the entire word with its letters was composed in a single figure, imaginatively and conveniently arranged.
• As you can see on the façade, the letter “C” for VICTOR is turned upside down at the bottom, in the shape of a “moon”
• Putting someone “On the horns of the moon” meant exalting him, praising him for some achievement and is derived from this type of anagram.