Photographic Print. Pink Water Lily and watercolour Lily pond at Holetown restaurant, Barbados, Caribbean.
The beauty of the flower stands out against the milky, watercolour cloud reflections. One reason Nymphaea were sacred flowers in ancient Egypt was possibly due to priests and shamans using the plant as an intoxicant for trances and to make contact with the other world. The god of the blue water lily was Nefertem, a god linked to the sun, beautification and healing. The Egyptians used this flower as a narcotic not just for its healing qualities but as a recreational drug at parties when soaked in wine. Analysis of the ritual and sacred iconography of dynastic Egypt indicates that they possessed a profound knowledge of plant lore and altered states of consciousness. The data shows that the shamanistic priest used it for ritualistic purposes, guided the souls of the living and dead and provided for the transmutation of souls into other bodies and the afterlife. The Egyptians looked forward to their souls coming to life 'like a Water Lily reopening', believing that the deceased died as the water lily closed, waiting for opening with the morning sun.
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