By Thomas Inman
1915. Christians consider that they have got a divine monopoly on fact. they don't. This publication irrefutably exhibits how a lot of Christianity's symbols are from a ways previous ''pagan'' assets. This e-book doesn't disparage Christianity yet offers a connecting hyperlink for what has been a continuing resource of symbolic wisdom passed all the way down to us from the ancients. a variety of illustrations.
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Whilst the right hand in Plate VII. symbolises the male, 7 the left hand represents the mystic feminine circle. In another plate, which is to be found in Moor’s Hindu Pantheon, there is a similar figure, but draped fully, and in that the dress worn by the celestial spouse is covered with groups of spots arranged in triads and groups of four. With regard to the signification of spots, we may notice that they indicated, either by their shape or by their name, the emblem of womankind. A story of Indra, the Hindoo god of the sky, confirms this.
PLATE III. Figs. 1 and 4 are illustrations of the antelope as a religious emblem amongst the Assyrians. The first is from Layard’s Nineveh, and in it we see carried in one hand a triply branched lotus; the second, showing the regard for the spotted antelope, and for “the branch,” is from Bonomi’s Nineveh and its Palaces. Fig. 2 illustrates Bacchus, with a mystic branch in one hand, and a cup in the other; his robe is covered with stops, arranged in threes. The branch is emblematic of the arbor vitæ; or tree of life, and its powers of sprouting.
11, 12 are from vol. , plates xix. and xxiii. of a remarkably interesting work, Récherches sur l’origine, l’esprit, et les progès des Arts de la Grèce, said to be written by D’Harcanville, published at London, 1785. The first represents a serpent. coiled so as to symbolise the male triad, and the crescent, the emblem of the yoni. Fig. 12 accompanies the bull on certain coins, and symbolises the sexual elements, le baton et l’anneau. They were used, as the horse-shoe is now, as a charm against bad luck, or vicious demons or fairies.
Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism with an Essay on Baal Worship, on the Assyrian Sacred Grove and other Allied Symbols by Thomas Inman