"... for a moment it is transformed and shines with a light of its own."
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Monday, April 27, 2009

32. Amsterdam Days – "The Mirror"


(Museum Amstelkring, Amsterdam, 2007. Nikon D80 + Nikkor 28-80/3.3-5.6.)

"Liksom vissa folk tro, att en människas själ finns i hennes skugga, så tro andra (eller samma) folk, att den finns i den bild som uppstår i vatten eller i en spegel. [...] På Saddle Island i Melanesien finns en tjärn, 'som dödar var och en som ser ned i den; den onde anden får makt över hans liv genom spegelbilden i vattnet.'"
– James G Frazer, Den gyllene grenen (1922)

"As some peoples believe a man’s soul to be in his shadow, so other (or the same) peoples believe it to be in his reflection in water or a mirror. [...] In Saddle Island, Melanesia, there is a pool 'into which if any one looks he dies; the malignant spirit takes hold upon his life by means of his reflection on the water.'"
– James G Frazer,
The Golden Bough (1922)

1 comment:

  1. beautiful quote and a beautiful image! Love the blog ;)

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