Out of which everything can be born

January 19, 2007 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Water is the subject of a current exhibition at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. Expolring the role of water in science, art, music, religion and culture, the museum asks questions about the ways we relate to water. According to Cité des Sciences,

Water inceasingly changes shapes and transforms itself. It is thus a model out of which everything can be born. Water, consequently, becomes a symbol of fertility that can be found in all the myths and all the religions. Beings and things are born of water. Water also possesses medicinal virtues. Some waters are recognized miraculous powers capable of healing the bodies.

It is also a source of purification. Purification for the individual beings but also for the whole of mankind. The Flood is a founding episode in numerous civilisations. Among Australia’s Aborigenes, a giant frog is said to have swallowed the Earth’s water to release it only when the other animals, dying with thirst, made it burst out laughing. The Flood in a re-creation of the world. One emerges from water in order to be reborn.

The museum’s website, available in French and English, is an excellent introduction to cultural and political role water plays. As it points out, “The lack of water kills ten times as often as wars.”


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