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Re: Navigations and directions

Postby Boreades » 12:26 pm

Harlot?

Could she have been a Priestess in the Mary Magdalan tradition?
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Re: Navigations and directions

Postby hvered » 1:03 pm

The word harlot was applied to vagabonds, travellers and unsavoury (male) characters and encompassed jugglers, jesters and the like as in harlequin.

Har means 'hill' in Hebrew. Magdalen is 'tower' as in migdal. So there does seem to be a pattern. Pillar is commonly associated with Mary the mother of God as in Nuestra Senora del Pilar, our lady of the pillar. Sounds like the virgin's pillar was a pele or watchtower in the by now familiar hermit tradition.
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Re: Navigations and directions

Postby hvered » 1:26 pm

I wonder if harlequins were connected to Arles. Arles is the beginning, or end, of a long-distance route to Santiago de Compostela and an important port/trading centre in the Rhone delta in Phoenician times before Marseilles outstripped it.

Provence is assumed to be the birthplace of the troubadour movement, just a fancy way of describing travelling players and musicians.
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Re: Navigations and directions

Postby Boreades » 8:56 pm

The following is purely guesswork on my part about Lot's Wife (what was her name?)...

A lot (sic) of what is in the Old Testament Bible is allegorical, just as the parables of Jesus were often allegorical. We still talk about people being "pillars of the establishment". Could a "pillar of salt" in Hebrew times have been a figure of speech, or even a derogatory allegorical term, for someone whose previous good name and character had been lost?

A bit like having "feet of clay"? What had previously been viewed as solid was now viewed as something that could crumble or be washed away.

Lot's wife turned back, not literally while walking away from the town, but figuratively, as someone who went back to the old ways that were now deemed unacceptable. She had been seen as a righteous spouse of a righteous Lot, but then joined the "losing side". She had cast her lot the wrong way.
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