"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

A River Runs Through It

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”


Hampi sits alongside a river used for ritual bathing

And the washing of sacred artefacts.

The expression of a very human desire:

Release from the taint of corruption.

An aspiration which transcends all religious traditions.


2 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    I’m beginning to wonder if ritual would help people who are unbalanced, emotionally. We seem to lead lives of increasing momentum and perhaps miss things which might heal us.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    • I think ritual is a useful way of expressing the inexpressible. Those whose emotions are running untamed might find it therapeutic – but can become fixated on the details in an obsessive-compulsive way ..

      May 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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