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  The Chalices


The chalice is a bowl-shaped or goblet-shaped drinking cup/vessel that is used in many cultures and religions to symbolize different things.


Christianity

For Christians, the chalice is the symbol of the Eucharist. Using it commemorates the Last Supper. It is filled with wine to symbolize the blood of Christ and bread is dipped into it to symbolize the body of Christ. Chalices have a hexagonal base, often made of gold or silver and encrusted with semi-precious stones.






Sufism

For the Sufis, the chalice symbolizes the sharing of blessings for it enables the steppe and desert communities to share water, milk and hospitality which are indispensable to their cultures.

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Carolingian, Byzantine and Gothic Periods

During these periods in history, a person shown holding a chalice signifies that they are God’s servant and have turned away from evil.

Wicca and Neopaganism

The chalice, cauldron or cup is a symbol of the Goddess, the womb and the female reproductive organs. It also represents water which is a female element and the feminine qualities of intuition, subconscious, psychic ability and gestation.



 



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