Marja-Leena Rathje
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A Poem of Origins

enter the tunnel
this cave of origins
this passageway
of dreams

going through...
the narrowing...

into the light knowing
our origins
and our evolving

-James B. Harrod, OriginsNet

I wrote about this fascinating site back in February. At that time I had copied this poem into my little notebook of quotes and interesting ephemera, and came across it again this morning. I just had to share it with you today, as I keep thinking about my deep fascination for my own origins, of the origins of the Finno-Ugrics, and of all humans. I'm understanding more and more that this is at the very root of my fascination and passion for the traces left behind by these early people on rocks and cave walls, in their sculptures, standing stones, dolmens, pottery, jewelry and so on. And this passion naturally translates into my own art work.

Aligning with these thoughts of mine, I also enjoyed Harrod's notes about the meanings behind this search for origins, such as this one:

"Origins" means the fons et origo, the fountain, the source, the waters of life, the depths, the springs of the creative process, our religious, spiritual and creative imagination, both collective and individual and in all living beings.

Marja-Leena | 20/04/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Being an Artist, Rock Art & Archaeology


...and a beautiful photograph too. I share your fascination and am always interested in your discoveries!

Beth, thanks! I remember a long while ago you asked me why I liked rock art. That question stuck with me, and was at the back of my mind again as I was writing this.

I'm impressed with the photo too...