By many peoples we do find water to be given an important role in the life of man.
Many of the qualities of water make it appear to be animated; on this basis it is psychologically understandable that water (e.g., rain, sea, lakes, and rivers) might become a natural phenomenon worthy of worship. Water being always in motion and able to change of colour and able to reflect the world and man, it gives the impression to man to “speaks” with murmuring and roaring. For man water is also able to bring new life to dried-out vegetation and refreshes men and animals, the tired and the ill, and heals. Because it dissolves dirt it is also most suitable for purifying the soul (e.g., after the violation or the commission of a sin of any kind). Under certain circumstances, even pictures (icons) of gods have to be washed.
Water offers many good qualities to the world of man, but in many occasions it also can bring fear to man, showing its destructive forces (seaquakes, floods, and – storms). No wonder that man therefore liked to warn their folks and wanted to know their ancestors what happened and how they could avoid such disaster. Often mythological reasons or connection with gods where given as a warning to man and brought into their life by religious tradition.
The most important mythical-religious facts symbolized by water are the following: the primal matter; the instrument of the purification and expiation; a vivifying force, a fructifying force; and a revealing and judging instrument.
Today we are looking in particular to the judging instrument of water.
To be continued
The story of a great flood which was survived by an old man and a few others in a boat of his own making is not unique to any culture.
We were recently privileged to speak at the 2017 Pop Culture Conference in San Diego, Ca. Sand Diego is city that is proud of its art, something that is evident even in its airport.
Alright kiddos, let’s jam. Let’s start this shindig off with a bang. Hit ’em with a truth-nuke, as I always say. Yeah, that’s right…