Christian knight world map, c.1596

http://www.bl.uk/learning/images/mappinghist/large2297.html


Now the sea beckons, as did her plains, her mountains, her passes, valleys, deserts. And beyond this sea, now finally, in trance, so that he might submerge himself in her darkness, to find what secrets? Only this silence again. To himself quietly he admits there is no fountain, no endless lining of gold, no secret marked for him. He will age like every traveler before him, like men who are born and die, only having traveled the length of a woman’s body.

– Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature

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