Maritime cultures are intensely practical and very often highly spiritual or superstitious. To live near the sea is to welcome her bounty and be awed by her power. Those in maritime communities learn the methods of mastering this vast resource to the extent that is possible while developing a healthy respect for the wild unpredictability of the world’s waters and marine life. Maritime traditions reflect the tangible and intangible dimensions of the nautical life and encompass hard skills such as boat-building, fishing, salt harvesting as well as nuanced and mystical rituals, ceremonies and festivals.