The well is life, truth, the eye of water, denoting a connection with the past, with the world of the dead, and therefore has magical properties.
A well can mean a certain depth, similar to a grave. In confirmation of this, there is a well Barhut, which was associated with the underworld and is the tomb of the prophet Hood.
The well also became the tomb of Pontius Pilate: when the Tiber did not accept the body, he was thrown into a deep well surrounded by mountains.
That is, the idea of a well contains a deep metaphysical connotation, in view of the fact that water not only gives life, but also takes it away.
In addition, the well in mythology is a way of communication between air, water and earth.
In the mythological aspect, the well makes it possible to fulfill a wish and look into the future. No wonder it is a sign of initiation.
Often, to look into the well meant to provoke our dark archetypal forces that unconsciously live in us.
In the I Ching, the well symbolizes the union of the inner self with the secret riches of the subconscious.
The concept of a well in the teaching, rooted in the distant past, means the roots of life itself, the place of manifestation of everything hidden.
Looking into the well, one could see the waterman, so in Russia the wells were covered with lids. The Slavic goddess Mokosh is associated with water and wells, and it was considered a good omen to meet a girl going to a well.
In Russian folklore, people used to read winter water from wells. This happened on winter Anna, at the time of the winter solstice.
For fortune-telling, they made a well out of sticks, locked it with a lock and put the key under the pillow, saying: “Narrowed, mummers, come to water the horse, ask me for the key.”
The man who drowned in the well was taken away by the well. If the body of the deceased was found in the well, several buckets had to be scooped out of the well, and only after that it was possible to use the water from it.
The theme of the holy well is reflected in the source located at the roots of the World Tree Yggdrasil, where the waters of primordial wisdom were.
Odin donated his eye to the guardian of the tree Mimir, so that, having drunk from this well, he would acquire knowledge of all the events of the present and future.
In the ancient world, wells, being the main source of water, also had a special ritual significance.
For example, in India, the descent to the water level was turned into a ritual pilgrimage, and the descents themselves became elaborate works of architecture.
The most famous step well of Vadolaji, built by the wife of the ruler of Vakhela, Verasinha Ruda. From the Zemzem well on the Arabian Peninsula, Islamic civilization grew.
There is an Eastern Muslim parable, according to which, in order to build a minaret, you need to turn a deep well inside out.
The well built by Raja Bharmal in 1526 in memory of his wife Jivini in the city of Sabali, to which stairs lead from three sides, and the fourth is a multi-storey wall opening at different levels, testifies to the development of underground Muslim rituals.
A closed well is a symbol of virginity.
The well in all religious traditions is considered a sacred meeting place.
In the Bible, it is near the wells that all happy meetings take place, contracts and alliances are concluded, since in the ideas of the ancient Jews and the inhabitants of the deserts, the well served as a source of life.
On the way from Judea to Galilee, at the well of Jacob, not far from the city of Shechem in Samaria, Christ met a Samaritan adulteress who had come to draw water.