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Why are there symlinks in /dev? (LVM)

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – [root@SERVER ~] ls -la /dev/vg/root lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 2012-10-28 10:29 /dev/vg/root -> ../mapper/vg-root [root@SERVER ~] QUESTION: Why are there symlinks? Why there couldn't be only 1 entry in the /dev for a normal LV in an LVM?? (OS: ubuntu 10.04lts) (HowTos)