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Water of life?

Cleansing, purifying, a source of life: water plays an important role in every spiritual belief system. Drawing on our collections, we’ll travel through a changing landscape of sacred springs, healing wells and spas, following a stream where the spiritual and healing qualities of water flow together.

Words by Ross MacFarlane

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About the author

Black and white photograph of Ross MacFarlane, a white man with glasses, wearing a shirt and a dark jumper.

Ross MacFarlane


Ross MacFarlane is a research development specialist at Wellcome Collection. He has researched, written and lectured on the collections and other topics at the intersection of death, folklore and medicine.