THE TALES OF THE MOUNTAINS
From The LAND Issue #01
According to various cultural understandings, each form of life has its own stories to tell. This is the story of the mountains, told through the specter of several different nations
Words by: The Editors
Photography: Eberhard Grossgasteiger
20 January 2019
Mountain peaks are known to hold a certain symbolism. They are seen as the higher places, some of which are even considered sacred. The top of mountains is the closest place to heaven - a good reason why they are worshiped by many nations.
The strong giants are an interesting natural phenomenon. In some mythologies, the peaks are associated with ancient times, dating back to years before anyone alive today can remember. The mountains used to be the home of gods and goddesses, places where history was decided, and wars have begun and ended. The Greek mythology is rich in examples of such tales about heroes and greatness.
Other nations associated the mountains with sacrifices and even death. According to the Incas' beliefs, the mountains were a place to honour the gods. Some people choose to live in the embrace of the rocky nature wonders from their birth until the very day they die.
Other nations viewed the mountains as a source of life. They admired them with a sense, which bordered the feeling of awe. Their perceptions shaped the mountain peaks as sacred places, homes of the purest, most innocent form of life - nature itself.
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