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Vixen Folklore: Great Divide Metaphor (11) Folklore: Great Divide Metaphor 20 Nov 13

Hi Mudcats--

What are the origins of the "Great Divide" as a metaphor for death?

I happened to hear "Far Beyond the Great Divide" and "The Pearl" back-to-back this morning, and I wondered if the Western (US) settlers called it the "Great Divide" because it seemed like heaven when they got to the other side, or whether it was called the great divide first for its physical geography and acquired the metaphorical meaning later...or even some other origin...

Any thoughts?



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