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Association of the Week: The Boat

Author: Paulo Coelho

The boat transports in many traditions celestial bodies across the sky – such as the Sun and the Moon – or the dead to the afterworld.

We frequently find drawings in megalithic tombs (towards the end of Prehistory) depicting the voyage towards the Island of the blessed.

In Scandinavians regions, drawings of boats made during the Bronze Age symbolized another reality, the cosmic revolutions. In Egypt, solar boats were placed next to the Great Pyramid of Giza and were believed to transport the sun across the sky during day time, whilst during the night, these boats would shed light in the kingdom of the dead.

In Christianity, the boat retained basically the symbol of journey, of the crossing of life.

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

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