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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Water as Sacred Power Workshop: Water and the Mythic Imagination

24th June 2010, 10:30, Department of Classics

Water holds an emotive place within the human imagination. Intriguing parallels exist between the flood in Genesis and Greco-Roman mythology, in particular the enmeshing of the two traditions in early Christian thought, with interesting repercussions for conceptions of universal history.

Although lakes, rivers and seas are resources for communities - fished, consumed, utilised in production from salt-working to metallurgy and agriculture, watery places are imbued too with mythic and supernatural aspects and powers by communities: seas are the domain of monsters, rivers the home of deities and supernatural powers, while all types of watery places have been considered interfaces with the supernatural whilst rivers, seas and lakes are often intertwined with past concepts of identity and origins.

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