The old way of mapping experience

by DRM

“This early 13th-century “Beatus” map, with south at the top, locates the Earthly Paradise in Southeast Asia. From it flow the four major rivers of the world—often identified as the Nile, Tigris, Euphrates and Ganges—which all flowed through Muslim lands.”

Early maps were an act of imagination and faith. The world of the unknown — Paradise, untold riches, eternal life — was at the farthest reach of knowledge. When a man set out to make sense of his place in the cosmos, he started with what he could experience and confirm, and at the edges of experience he mapped out the places the features of hope and belief, fear and mystery, intuition and uncertainty.

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