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Body Symbolism

Body Symbolism
Body Metaphors
 
Religion and Philosophy have explored three key images of the body:
 
as a field or soil which is fertile and can be seeded  
as a chariot which can be controlled and steered
as a dwelling (shelter, tent, house, temple, city, kingdom, world) which can be mastered, controlled, can protect and be protected.
 
In India, a quest is to use control of the body (yoga) to subdue the body (yuga) and reverse the process of physical elements back to living elements.
 
In China, a quest is control the 3 fields to reverse the aging process.
 
In Christianity, the metaphors are in terms of old (physical) and new (spiritual) body.  
 
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