In the funerary art of 19th century, the boat could stand for the bond between the dead and the sea, the enrichment in commerce and oversea transportation or to symbolize the activities of travelling, discovery and exploration. In various cultures and people all over Europe the boat is also an ancient symbol for the passage between life and afterlife, that’s because of some famous myths like the Egyptian funerary boat and Charon’s boat. In the Old Testament this symbol is represented in Noah’s arch which has a meaning of protection and refuge. In the Christian tradition the boat is compared to the Church that leads Christians to salvation through the storms of the world.

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Traduzione dall'italiano a cura della classe 5 H del Liceo Scientifico “Augusto Righi” di Bologna, nell'ambito del progetto di scambio culturale con il Liceo "Europaschule" di Bornheim, Germania, maggio-ottobre 2014

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