Oviedo Museum – Chapter 20

Actually we are back in the USA but I am going to publish some final blogs from our trip to Spain in July.

We took a bus to Ovieda and are in the Archialogical Museum close to the cathedral.

Here is a video showing Roman burial practices in Spain (first century, approximately).

Here are some stone grave markers.

I read Chapter 20 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?”

We look at the Paleolithic (Stone Age) exhibits.


A Neanderthal

“Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
How ridiculous!”

I am interested in the cave art — Northern Spain has many, many caves. The cave art dates from, around 30,000 years ago.

We see enlargements of sections though to be particularly worthy — much of the work has been “drawn over” — as if the “doing” of the art was more important than looking at it.

“Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.”


Tomb of Medieval king

Above is an important family tree — specific men defeated the Moors and this area became a center of resistance and of re-conquest.

“I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.”


“Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.”

“I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.

Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharper;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.”

“I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.”

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