Picture taken in Chellanam, Kerala.
This entry was posted on January 28, 2012 by neitherusenorornament. It was filed under absence, boat and was tagged with Chellanam, Elegie, Jules Massenet.
Such a strong pairing of image and title. Beautiful.
January 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Thank you. It was a title that changed three times as I was writing the post!
January 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm
The empty boat reminded me of the Native American practice of burying their dead in canoes in the Northwest. Not far from where I grew up there was an island named Mount Coffin where the canoes were mounted on posts.
January 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm
I didn’t know of that Native American custom, Susan. It nicely resonates with the Ancient Greek myths of the River Styx, and also that of Aken, the Egyptian underworld god and ferryboat-keeper of the Underworld..
The link you give is truly fascinating. Though I was saddened by what terrible sacrilege was visited on Mount Coffin by the Western world…
January 29, 2012 at 6:28 am
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