Ritualistic (re)birth canals
“Initiation ceremonies most frequently took place in a cave as symbolic of the underworld and the sepulchre where death took place prior to rebirth and illumination. As a place of initiation it was also a secret place, the entrance to which was hidden from the profane by a labyrinth or dangerous passage, often guarded by some monster or supernatural person, and entry could only be gained by overcoming the opposing force. Entering the cave is also re-entry into the womb of Mother Earth, as with cave burials. Passing through the cave represents a change of state, also achieved by overcoming dangerous powers.”
This entry was posted on October 11, 2013 by Ellen Ringstad. It was filed under ART, Artistic Process, Artists, Curating, Ellen Ringstad, Exhibitions, Mysticism, Mythology, QUOTES, Ritual, Symbols and was tagged with Birth, Cave, Death, Illumination, Initiation, Mythology, Potsyd, pOTSYMPOSIUm, rebirth, Symbolism, The Cave, Underworld, Womb.