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Kiah inlet c1900

15 February 2013 – I am reading so much about whaling at the moment.  The histories – the tools, the terminologies – it is so interesting.  Everything about it is so mythological and banal.  So barbaric and so simple, yet there is so much magic and ritual around the whole rite of it.

I am reading about the different opinions people had of whalers; from blood thirsty animals that worked in a abattoir, to magical heroic gods that risked their lives to light the world.

I have become fascinated with the spiked shoes the flensers used to wear to walk on the body of the whales.

I also am going to try and get my hands on a copy of Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.

Meg

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