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WATER AS A SYMBOL IN DIFFERENT RELIGIONS Water, you are the origin of every single thing and all that exists. (Bhawiśjottarapurana 1,14) Thales of Miletus.

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1 WATER AS A SYMBOL IN DIFFERENT RELIGIONS Water, you are the origin of every single thing and all that exists. (Bhawiśjottarapurana 1,14) Thales of Miletus believed, that water is the very beginning of everything. The statements of this greek philosopher, who lived at the turn of the 7th and 6th century BC, seem to confirm some of the earliest myths and beliefs. One of the oldest myths is the one about the Flood. First it occurred in the Sumarian civilisation, next in Egyptian and Chinese legends and finally in the Old Testament. It reflects the human's fear of water. For the Jews, and later also for Christians, water becomes an instruments of the divine justice, as well as a symbol of destruction and catharsis.

2 Michelangelo – Sistine Chapel, The Great Flood

3 In the Scandinavian mythology, the gods killed their pre-father to create all the water reservoirs on the earth from his blood. However, the huge amount of this liquid, called the cold water, causes a great flood. The faults – both that of human beings and gods – are being punished by the mighty element of water, which washes all the evil away. In the Scandinavian mythology, the gods killed their pre-father to create all the water reservoirs on the earth from his blood. However, the huge amount of this liquid, called the cold water, causes a great flood. The faults – both that of human beings and gods – are being punished by the mighty element of water, which washes all the evil away. Scandinavian mythology - John Bauer - Gods of the elements

4 In the Judaistic (Mikveh), Christian (Baptism), Muslim (Wudu and Ghusl) or Hindu (Abhisheka) tradition, water is a sumbol of purification of the body and soul. Ablution in Ganges. [Globtroter.pl]

5 WATER SYMBOLIZES: cosmogony: -Book of Genesis: in the beginning the Holy spirit has been hovering above the water, -the cosmic egg floating on the water, -Oceanus: the ocean-stream, on which floats the Ecumene source of life, resurrection: -everything that is alive needs water, chaos, vastness, movement: -water is constantly in motion, is unmeasurable and uncontrolable, it evaporates and comes back to the ground, as a refreshing rain or a destructive hail; purification: -baptism: washes the original sin away; -sprinkling with the sacred water, -ablution, the ritual purification, -cleaning, washing – physical meaning;

6 danger, death: - hailstorm, cloudburst, flood, waves during a storm, oberwanie chmury, powódź, potop, fale w czasie burzy, tsunami, - drowning, - mythical sea monsters (leviathan);


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