For humans the sea is an immense force  – untameable and the source of life. It allows travel, but is changeable and dangerous. Moved by the moon, the sea represents uncontrolled and creative power: the sea is the Great Mother.

Sea Spray, Iceland, Image

The Great Mother

The arts and myths explore these two aspects of the ocean: its destructive power; and its ability to create and support life.

A third aspect of the sea  – its mystery and unexplored depth – and the strangeness of the creatures that have been glimpsed by human beings has given rise to tales of monsters.



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