Friday, July 20, 2007

Myths, Symbols & Folklore
Lightning: "A symbol or expression in many cultures of divine power, which appears as terrifying or creative. In many cultures lightning and thunder were thought to be caused by the highest god (e.g., Jupiter/Zeus, Indra). In the Bible lightning is associated with God's wrathful judgment; a punitive God of fire, lightning, and thunder is depicted. Zeus, the hurler of lightning bolts, can be seen as a fructifying, illuminating deity as well as a punishing one. Particularly in the Orient, a relationship exists between lightning and storms or rain; hence the symbolic connection of lightning and fertility, and the phallic significance of lightning. Until recently, people in some areas of Asia and Europe have made milk offerings to pacify lightning." (Herder)

Listening to: "Silver Morning" by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois

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