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Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism with an Essay by Thomas Inman

By Thomas Inman

1915. Christians believe that they have got a divine monopoly on fact. they don't. This booklet irrefutably exhibits how a lot of Christianity's symbols are from a long way prior ''pagan'' resources. This e-book doesn't disparage Christianity yet presents a connecting hyperlink for what has been a continual resource of symbolic wisdom passed all the way down to us from the ancients. quite a few illustrations.

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Pl. 83, and vol. , pp. 314, 358. , Fig. 6, infra. PLATE IV. Fig. 1 represents an Assyrian priest worshipping by presentation of the thumb, which had a peculiar signification. Sometimes the forefinger is pointed instead, and in both cases the male is symbolised. It is taken from a plate illustrating a paper by E. C. , in Journal of Royal Asiatic Society, vol. , p. 114. Amongst the 4 Hebrews, and probably all the Shemitic tribes, bohen, the thumb, and ezba, the finger, were euphemisms. * The hand thus presented to the grove resembles a part of the Buddhist cross, and the shank of a key, whose signification is described in a subsequent page.

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.

On the pyramidal portion of the gem the four sides are ornamented by figures—three represent animals remarkable for their salacity, and the fourth represents Bel and Ishtar in conjunction, in a fashion which can be more easily imagined than described in the mother tongue. , lines 1256, seq. Fig 4. , fig. 10. It is the reverse of a bronze coin of Vespasian, struck in the 6 island of Cyprus, and represents the conical stone, under whose form Venus was worshipped at Paphos, of which Tacitus remarks, Hist.

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