Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Myths, symbolism, and folklore
bath: In a positive sense, it is a place of cleansing, renewal, and rebirth, as well as - in alchemy - a place of mystical union. In a negative sense, the bath - especially a warm bath - is the sign of growing soft, of luxury, and a place of unchaste pleasures of the flesh. In many cultures the bath is closely connected with rituals (i.e., washing away all sins). In antiquity even statues of the gods were ceremoniously bathed as a sign of the renewal of the relationship between gods and humans. (Herder)

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