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Mapping involves two sets of interpretative actions: the fabrication (encoding) and the reading (decoding) of the map. On the one hand, mapping implies the cartographer's representation of a reality by means of signs which constitute points of identification between the map and the geographic factuality to which it refers. The chapter approaches the question of Bernardine mapping with features from the cartographical survey. First and foremost, the examples called upon in this chapter, topographical representations and Cassian alike, point to analogical stratifications of meaning. The representations of biblical topography imply a concern with its semantic layers, pre-eminently that of the literal meaning and that of a meaning pertaining to spiritual insights, whether related to the soul, the Church, or the celestial city.

Keywords: Bernardine mapping; biblical topography; Cassian; celestial city; Church



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