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Taking the Waters: Spirit, Art, Sensuality Hardcover – September, 1992
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The many posters, photos, renown paintings and drawings are well chosen and beautiful and makes this book a beautiful table top addition.
Ms Croutier states that "...I was born under the sign of Aquarius-the Water Bearer-in a house facing the sea... and now living in a house facing another sea". No wonder she shows such remarkable sensitivity to the subject.
All through the book are quotes, lines and poetry from notables throughout history regarding their observations on the value and dynamics of water. In the Preface for instance, there is: ["As Benjamin Franklin's `Poor Richard's Almanac' observes: "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water".] and in Ms Croutier's own words: "Water has it's own language. I believe that by observing the ways that people have danced with it throughout history, we can gain a deeper awareness of this most precious element. A responsible appreciation of water is fundamental to our ecological, environmental, and spiritual values." Well put and what a "dance" she portrays!
From Hegel: "Water is the element of selfless contrast, it passively exists for others... water's existence is thus an existing-for-others... Its fate is to be something not yet
specialized... and therefore it soon came to be called `the mother of all that is special'." (p 13)
On page 14 in "Myths of Creation" is: "Among ancient civilizations, water was sanctified as the source of life, the seminal fluid, the juice of the earth's womb. It formed a common thread in their creation myths.Read more ›