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Weekly Free Association : The Rainbow

Author: Paulo Coelho

This celestial configuration was often associated in ancient cultures as a sign of God’s goodwill.

In the Bible for instance the end of the deluge is announced by a rainbow (Genesis IX, 11). In Ancient Greece, Iris, the virgin goddess, was the messenger that transmitted to the earth the orders of Zeus and Hera.

In Ancient China, the rainbow was seen as the unification of the yin and yang and was often represented as a two headed snake. Buddhism also associates the rainbow with the serpent, Buddha being portrayed as going up a ladder while resting on seven-headed snakes.

Now you take the floor: what do you associate with the rainbow?

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