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Association of the Week : The Mouth

Author: Paulo Coelho

The mouth is not only an organ that enables one to eat and speak, symbolically, it is also the place where the breath of life passes through.
In ancient Egypt, there was a ritual that consisted in opening the mouth of the mommies so that the dead would be able to receive the breath of eternal life.
In Ancient India, it was believed that the Gods were originated from the mouth of the primeval being Prajapati.
The mouth is also linked to another symbol of the milking breast of the Mother and may be used to evoke the feminine sex. For instance, Hildegarde of Bingen (1098-1179) considered the mouth as an impure element.
Now you take the floor : What do You associate with The Mouth ?

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