On Pilgrimage

Mirrors appeared so magical that they were quickly integrated into somewhat bizarre sacred rituals: During holy pilgrimages, it became common practice for well-off pilgrims to take a mirror with them. When visiting sacred relics, they would position themselves so that they could catch sight of the bones in the mirror’s reflection. Back home, they would then show off these mirrors to friends and relatives, boasting that they had brought back physical evidence of the relic by capturing the reflection of the sacred scene. Before turning to the printing press, Gutenberg had the start-up idea of manufacturing and selling small mirrors for departing pilgrims. –How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based on something that seems commonplace now being transported back to medieval times.

Journaling Prompt: Do some mirror work and then write about your experience.

Art Prompt: Magical mirrors

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of mirrors and their impact on civilization in different eras.

Photo Credit: Jim Forest on Flickr

2 Responses to Prompt #1260 Mirrors

  1. Love your prompts. This one inspired the post in my website link.

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