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Religion is all about controlling people. In medieval times simplistic, cartoon-like art was used to achieve this.

Take for example these two beautiful Judgment Day tableaux from the 12th century facade of San Pietro church here in Spoleto. In both panels souls are put on the scales to determine who's been naughty and who's been nice.

In the above panel the deceased has led a good life and so earned eternal happiness. In the lower panel - well, as you can see the devil is already at his torturous work as the angel forlornly leaves the scene.