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Das Einhüllen und Fesseln des Körpers in den indoeuropäischen Kulturen: Zu einigen Metaphern des magischen Schutzes vor Toten und Wiedergeborenen 

Giner, Carmen Alfaro

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 6 (2015), Iss. 2: S. 45–59

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Giner, Carmen Alfaro


Threads, ropes and textiles are elements of everyday life, which have reached a high technical level of development early in human history. The spinning of the yarn, one of the oldest forms of knowledge, seems to be, like the origin of every form of art, inseparable from a particular mythology. Besides their practical use, threads, nodes and tissues must have been quickly charged with symbolic meanings. This article examines the symbolism of the thread, the node and the tissue as metaphors that are sometimes connected with life and sometimes with death.