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The motif Purification with water is a part of: Magic


Water, purification, magic, power

Description of this motif: Purification with water reminds of several forms of religious purification, i.g. baptism. In Andersen's tales the motif is found as a magic ritual in "Dødningen" ('The Dead Man' or 'The Ghost' (1830) and "The Travelling Companion" (1838)) and as redeeming tears, e.g. in "The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf", where an angel's tears fall on Inger in Limbo, and Gerda's tears, that thy Kay's frozen heart in "The Snow Queen".


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