(3/29/04 4:49 am)
can anyone tell me more about the significance of the healing power of tears, e.g Rapunzel, Grimm: "two of her tears dropped on his eyes, and ... he could see again". The Girl who trod on a Loaf, Andersen: "at last it melted into tears in a way Inger had never done ... as she acknowledged this, a ray of light shone into the gulf of destruction".
I was just wondering about the origins of tears being used in this way, does it have religious origins?
Any help much appreciated.