Monday, August 13, 2007

Myths, symbols & folklore
orant: a posture for prayer in which the hands are not folded but raised to the level of the shoulders or the head, the palms turned upward, as if to receive the bounties of heaven. This is said to be the oldest and most natural posture for prayer; it is still assumed by priests in the celebration of Mass. Orant prayer, common in Mediterranean regions, was taken over by the early Christian Church, where it was seen as appropriate for imploring divine blessing and assistance. Figures on tombstones often portray the deceased in this posture. In the Eastern Church the virgin Mary has often been portrayed orant, but in the West the posture has lost currency and significance." (Biedermann)

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