Does water really have that much power?
I change rooms, I wash my hands. I use the elevator, I wash my hands. I wash my hands after touching a door handle. I wash my hands as soon as I come home. Water has become an important part of our lives. But hasn’t it always been so?
You are probably thinking “But of course! There is no life without water after all”. And you are right. But I’m thinking beyond our primary needs. Cultures across the world have conferred a lot of power to water. Certain religions like Hinduism or Shintoism venerate water deities whilst others accept its purification value in their rituals.
- France: for the Gallic, of Celtics origins, water was a source of life-force with curative and cleansing properties. The goddess that they venerated was Sequana, goddess of the Seine River (France) stands is a boat with a duck prow.
- India: a dip in the Ganga is believed to wash away sin. It is said the river originates from the feet of Lord Vishnu and flows across the earth through the locks of Lord Siva; hence the river is considered most sacred. In the river, cast segregation does not exist.
- Africa: the Yoruba people believed in a series of Gods known as Orisha. Oshun is commonly called the river orisha in the Yoruba religion and is typically associated with water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality. As the protective deity of the River Oshun in Nigeria a sacred grove was built alongside this river dedicated to Oshun.
- Japan: Shintoism includes veneration of the Kami spirits who are a part of nature; like natural water sources (springs or geysers). Standing under a waterfall for ritual washing is considered sacred. Early each morning a Shinto priest makes offerings to the Nachi waterfall in a ritual.
So no matter the beliefs, in whatever part of the world, we all come back to one source: Water. 70% of the human body is composed of water after all. We are all linked through one of the most precious commodities of this earth. Discover all that we have in common on my blog : https://authentikallyethnic.blog/