Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Rainy Season

The time of the Monsoons are a very important season of change. Everything becomes green, as the land becomes once again fertile. Near Silvepura there is a small grove of trees, with a pool. I have often painted this sacred grove, where a local community of agriculturalists also bury their dead. The trees are thought to have healing powers, and the bark is often stripped off to make medicine. There are many tanks where the water of the monsoons are stored, and used for agriculture. The relation of the tree to the waters is an important archetypal symbol, reminding us of the relationship between the Cross to Baptism. This is the season when the Transfiguration is celebrated, and it seems appropriate to note how nature itself is transformed by the coming of the rains.

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