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‘The spiral ascent of this holy mountain is symbolic of the expansion and evolution of consciousness and the accompanying flame of wisdom. As the pilgrim travels towards God, so his receptivity is met by the descending spiral, the manifestation of the spirit. Indeed, since minarets are used for launching prayers, it is as if the spiral dynamic propels the word on vortices of air toward the divine.’

The Mystic Spiral, Jill Purce, Thames and Hudson

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Minaret of the Mosque of Samarra, Iraq, 9th century

 

 

 

 

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