Ebsorfs Medieval Map

The Ebsorfs mappamundi is another medieval map drawn in the 13th century that depicts the Christian worldview. This map displays both the known world to the viewers as well as the unknown world. The map also depicts significant landmarks that are likely to be of major interest to any pilgrim. Looking at the top of the map, Christ Head is depicted and the direction of paradise shown. The head of the Christ as depicted on the map is in the East. The hands of Christ are drawn in a way that they mark the southern and northern limits of the known world. The feet of Christ touch the Gibraltar where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean seas meet. At the middle of the map is the city of Jerusalem that occupies the naval of Christ. The map is divided into three sections where Asia occupies the upper half, Europe the bottom left of the quadrant while Africa occupies the lower right side of the quadrant.

The images indicated in the different sections of the map do not just show the geographical view of the world, but also have vital spiritual meaning to the viewers. In the East next to the image of the Christ’s head is the Garden of Eden. There are also some mountains that surround the garden of Eden. The route to paradise is also presented in this section. The placement of the Garden of Eden in the Eastern part of the world means that heaven is in this part. Christians tend to believe that the Eastern part of the world is the most sacred thus the placement of the Garden of Eden and Paradise in this section. The fact that the head of Christ is also depicted in this region further justifies the sacred nature of the Eastern part of the world.
The manner through which the different parts of Christ are described in the Ebstorf map indicates his role as the ruler of the earth. The head is depicted in the East where there is the imaginary world. The viewers can imagine the sacred nature of the Eastern part of the world even when it is known. The fact that the head of Jesus is placed in this section means that it is the home of paradise that Christians expect to go to at the end of times.
The hands of Jesus are placed at the southern and northern ends of the known world. The viewers can have a spiritual development by just analyzing the reasons for the placement of the Christ’s hands in this section. Christians believes that Jesus Christ watches over them on a daily basis and are concerned with their actions, problems and worries while they are in the known World. He provided guidance and assistance to the Christians who live in the known Earth. Placing the hands of the Jesus to embrace the residents in the known world is just a confirmation of his role as a protector of the Christians. The viewers are capable of achieving spiritual pilgrimage on the love and care that Jesus Christ have to the humans in the known world such that he ensures that he offer maximum protection to them. The fingers of Jesus have been strategically placed in this location to assure the viewers of the Ebsorf mappamundi on the role played by Jesus as a protector and a guardian to the people in the known world.
The city of Jerusalem is depicted at the center of the map; that is at the navel part of Jesus Christ. Jerusalem is the spiritual center for the entire Christendom. The fact that the Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to heaven from the city of Jerusalem further justifies the sacred nature of the place. Christians believe that by visiting the crucifixion area and the tomb they can connect directly with Jesus. The city of Jerusalem has been placed strategically at the center of the map and the navel of Jesus to justify further the sacred nature of the site. By taking a pilgrimage to the city, one can improve her/his spiritual life. The viewers can obtain a religious pilgrimage by just looking at the strategic location of the city as well as the sacred features such as the Tower of Babel and Sodom and Gomorrah whose images have been indicated on the map . The viewers are therefore capable of attaining full pilgrimage through the eye to these sacred places.
The features indicated at the African, and European sections do not have significant religious meanings since they are mythical creatures that were found in these locations. A closer look at the map tells the viewers that the Ebstorf map was not more of a navigational map rather a sacred object that glorified the body of Christ and illustrated his major role as the ruler of the earth. The map is also suitable for enabling the map-readers to accomplish a pilgrimage to the most sacred places in the world as considered by the Christians. They do not have to take a physical pilgrimage to the sacred places, rather, they can achieve the pilgrimage by just viewing at the sacred features as they are highlighted on the map.