Natural spring water has been at the heart of many religious and secular ceremonies for centuries. Even if doesn’t come from a spring water is regarded as symbolising purity.
In ancient Greek religion, a holy water called chernips was created when a torch from a religious shrine was extinguished in it. In this religion purifying people and locations with water was part of the process of distinguishing the sacred from the profane.
- The Jewish Torah mentions using holy water in a test for the purity of a wife accused of marital infidelity.
- Sikhs use holy water used in the baptism ceremony known as Amrit Sanskar or Amrit Chhakhna.
- In Wicca, although the term holy water is not used, a similar substance is produced when salt is mixed with water.
- In Buddhism, the term holy water is not used, but “blessed water” instead. Water is put in to a new pot and kept near a Paritrana ceremony, a blessing for protection.
- Thai ‘Lustral water’ can be created in a ceremony in which the burning and extinction of a candle above the water represents the elements of earth, fire, and air.
- Drinking “healing water” is a practice in various denominations of Islam.
Holy water has also been believed to ward off mythical evil creatures, such as vampires. But, for the record, we make no claim that drinking natural spring water will protect you from Count Dracula’s bite!